I’m not going to answer that question here because I don’t really care. But the thought came to mind as I watched the folks of St. Joseph Missouri stack more than 800 jack-o-lanterns for PumpkinFest, plus the additional hundreds painted and glittered by school children.
The 800+ are creating a “mountain”–built out of scaffolding. This isn’t a mound, you wouldn’t be able to see the handwork if it were.
As If the Pumpkins Weren’t Enough
Add a festival, complete with pony rides and balloon animals and it’s an annual fete worth seeing.
The official schedule also called for:
- Creepy Music from 6:00-6:30–I did not hear any however, and was disappointed
- Story telling from 7:00-7:30–which I missed because I was staking out a good spot for the lighting of the pumpkin mountain.
Carving the Pumpkins
School kids work on the supplemental pumpkins–the garnish–along the ground. They’re painted and bedazzled. Older kids also carve many of the pumpkins.
Local adults with artistic skill take on impressive feats like carving the Pony Express logo (who sponsors the event).
Businesses can have their logos carved for $250.
And convicts from the nearby prison help install the scaffolding and carve designs from patterns. Three or four come at a time and they are supervised by someone from the prison. I asked if they were having fun–they responded with huge grins. Who wouldn’t have a blast carving pumpkins, but I think this is especially fun for them. I’ve gotta say, this is the most unique work-program I’ve ever heard of.
Before the Lighting…
After the Lighting
What design would you choose when carving a pumpkin for a display like this?
No pressure – it’s just an insight into your psyche.
Thank you to the St. Joseph Tourism Bureau for letting me know about this festival so I could shift my schedule and stay in town. It was well worth it!