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Saint Mary’s hosts annual pumpkin carving contest

Sarah Mayer | Friday, October 30, 2009

Many events have been occurring across Saint Mary’s campus to get students in the Halloween spirit. 

Saint Mary’s Activities Board (SAB) held a pumpkin carving contest in the Haggar Parlor room Thursday night. SAB has been holding this event every year, according to the Entertainment Committee co-chair Katie Sperry.

This event is popular every year, Sperry said. 

“There was a good turnout this year for the carving.” Sperry said, “Our signup for teams filled up very quickly that we even had to turn a team away.”

Sperry said pumpkins are judged for creativity.

“Every year we get new and creative pumpkins but we tend to keep the same categories for judging: Scariest, Funniest and Most SMC Spirit,” Sperry said.

Ten teams were each given one pumpkin to carve as well as carving tools, and teams could consist of three to five members. The teams had an hour to carve their pumpkin.

“We had some really cool designs this year,” Sperry said. “There was a group that made one that looked like Katy Perry and there were multiple that went with the SMC Spirit category.”

One winning design was a female pirate that said “we arrrr SMC.”

A few carved Lady Gaga and other pop culture phenomena.

“There were some real artists working this year including a wolf howling at the moon,” Sperry said. “That won in the scariest category.”

The event also offered food.

Saint Mary’s junior Jessica Doherty has participated in the event since she was a freshman.

“My friends and I look forward to this every year and we always try to think of creative designs,” Doherty said. “We never win but always have fun.”