Monday, October 14, 2019

Fly Me to the Moon! Pumpkin Contest 2019

RESULTS OF THE 2019 HARVEST DAZE
"FLY ME TO THE MOON" PUMPKIN CONTEST


The 2019 Harvest Daze Pumpkin Contest theme of "Fly Me to the Moon" celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first steps on the moon, July 20, 1969. We received 17 entries from very creative decorators, including a green alien, moon landings, representations of the cosmos and even all the characters from “Hey! Diddle, Diddle.” Jessica Runner, a genealogy volunteer helped us man the tent both days.


Beautiful weather made the weekend very enjoyable for our enthusiastic visitors. We had over 400 voters deciding the contest winners.



VOTING JARS

PRESIDENT'S CHOICE






PICK OF THE PATCH
Visitors voted for a favorite pumpkin in each of four categories, then cast a vote for the best pumpkin overall.





















Pictured on the left, the President's Choice, honoring the pumpkin showing the best use of the theme went to Addyson Chandler, Onarga with her Big Dipper and cosmos pumpkin #403. Her prize was two movie tickets to the Onarga Theater.

Winning the "Pick of the Patch" this year was Clara Runner, Milford with her big green alien at the right.


















Category 100 was Youth Carved, for those 12 years old and younger. Winner was Callen with his pumpkin, #101.
1ST YOUTH, CARVED


Category 200 was Youth Painted/Decorated, for those 12 years old and younger.
1st place – Makennah with her beautiful “Fly Me to the Moon” #204.
2nd place – Clara with the big green alien #201.
3rd place – Nathan with his white rocket ship #209.
4th place – Kinley painting Earth and rocket ship #208.
FIRST, YOUTH PAINTED/DECORATED

SECOND, YOUTH PAINTED/DECORATED

THIRD, YOUTH PAINTED/DECORATED

FOURTH, YOUTH PAINTED/DECORATED


Category 300 was Carved for those 13 and older.
1st place – Alyssa Alvarez with surprise witch on the moon #301.
2nd place – Aubrey Wagner with carved rocket ship #302.

FIRST ADULT, CARVED FRONT

FIRST ADULT, CARVED BACK

2ND ADULT, CARVED




















Category 400 was Adult Painted/Decorated for those 13 and older.
1st place – Addyson Chandler with Big Dipper and cosmos pumpkin #403.
2nd place – Ginny Lee with “Hey! Diddle, Diddle” nursery rhyme #401.
3rd place – Aubrey Wagner with black rocket and moon #402.

FIRST, ADULT PAINTED/DECORATED
SECOND, ADULT PAINTED/DECORATED

THIRD, ADULT PAINTED/DECORATED

Category 600 was Organization or Group Painted/Decorated.
1st place – Iroquois Federal with romantic touch #601.

FIRST, ORGANIZATION PAINTED/DECORATED




Another contest was guessing the weight of the Apollo 11 crew of “pumpki-nauts.” The actual total weight of "pumpki-nauts" Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins was 72 pounds, 13 ounces. Winning the $10 prize was Bart Koester, Watseka with a near perfect guess of 72 pounds, 8 ounces!

APOLLO 11 PUMPKI-NAUTS




APOLLO 11 -ARMSTRONG, COLLINS, ALDRIN
ROCKET TO THE MOON
 
MISSION PATCH

We had one family who dressed for the occasion in NASA t-shirts.

All other entries are shown below. You can understand why some votes were difficult to make. What were you doing when Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon on July 20, 1969?

YOUTH, PAINTED/DECORATED

YOUTH, PAINTED/DECORATED

YOUTH PAINTED/DECORATED

YOUTH PAINTED/DECORATED

YOUTH PAINTED/DECORATED

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

"CARTOON PUMPKINS" CELEBRATES THE KID IN ALL OF US!

RESULTS OF 2018 HARVEST DAZE

"CARTOON PUMPKINS" CONTEST

The 2018 Harvest Daze Pumpkin Contest theme of "Cartoon Pumpkins" brought out the creativity in almost 50 participants with 27 pumpkin entries. Thanks to all participants, and special thanks to Mrs. Devine, art teacher from Glenn Raymond Middle School and Watseka Community High School and Mr. Wilkey, WCHS FFA Advisor, who delivered several pumpkins from the students. Jessica Runner, a genealogy volunteer, with her son, Tyler helped us man the tent both days. Iroquois Memorial Hospital sponsored the prizes for 2018.

A little rain now and then did not deter our visitors! The voters had much difficulty casting their votes, but we still had a steady stream of people stop by to view the pumpkins and vote.

PRESIDENT'S CHOICE
The President's Choice, honoring the pumpkin showing the best use of the theme went to a group of students from Glenn Raymond Middle School in Watseka. Natalie, Amelia, Jacob and Camden created the classic "Tom & Jerry" cartoon, #603.


PICK OF THE PATCH
Visitors voted for a favorite pumpkin in each of four categories, then cast a vote for the best pumpkin overall. Winning the "Pick of the Patch" this year were Alyssa, Gabby and Mikey with their "Green Witch" pumpkin, #613.

1ST PLACE - YOUTH CARVED








Category 100 was Youth Carved, for those 12 years old and younger. Winner was Skyler with his "Pacman" pumpkin, #101.







Category 200 was Youth Painted/Decorated, for those 12 years old and younger.

1st place - Makennah with "Olaf" #203.
2nd place - Scarlett with "Pete the Cat" #211.
3rd place - Tyler with "Sylvester" #206.
4th place - Clara with "Tweet Bird" #207.

1ST
PLACE - YOUTH PAINTED/DECO















2ND PLACE - YOUTH PAINTED/DECO
3RD PLACE - YOUTH PAINTED/DECO

4TH PLACE - YOUTH PAINTED/DECO

Category 400 was Adult Painted/Decorated for those 13 and older.
1st place - Salina with "Pumpkin with Sombrero" #403
2nd place - Albert with "Freckled Face and Nose" #401

1ST PLACE - ADULT PAINTED/DECO
2ND PLACE - ADULT PAINTED/DECO

Category 600 was Organization or Group Painted/Decorated.
1st place - TIE
   Alyssa, Gabby and Mikey with "Green Witch" #613
   Cody, Zoey and Emily with "Stitch" #614
2nd place - Natalie, Amelia, Jacob and Camden with "Tom & Jerry" #603
3rd place - Amber, Austin, Emma and Ethan with "Mike Wazowski" #610

1ST PLACE TIED - GROUP PAINTED
1ST PLACE TIE - GROUP PAINTED

3RD PLACE - GROUP PAINTED
2ND PLACE - GROUP PAINTED

Another contest was guessing the weight of the "Couch Cartoon" pumpkins. The total weight of "Porky Pig" and "Melissa the Duck" and "Tweety Bird" was 70 pounds, 14 ounces. Sawyer J. was the winner of the $10 prize with his guess of 70 pounds, 7 ounces. Amazing!! (Notice the rain-soaked sign.)

GUESS THE WEIGHT!

All other entries are shown below. We were extremely impressed with the creative efforts by all participants. How many of these cartoon characters can you name???