Kids create ‘special’ squashes

Local youth exhibited their artistic talents in a traditional October medium – pumpkin.

The Warren Public Library pumpkin decorating contest drew 20 entries.

The rules were simple. Entrants had to between in the 8 to 18 age group and their pumpkins had to fit the library theme. “You had to do a pumpkin that was representative of a character from a book,” Children’s Room Assistant Kelley Wood said.

Some of the characters included: Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato from Veggie Tales; Count Dracula; the Ugly Duckling; Hello Kitty; the Grinch; and Cinderella’s coach.

Decorating materials were available for those who wanted them. “We set up all the crafts, but they could also bring them in front home,” Wood said.

The pumpkins were on display at the library for the last few weeks. During that time, visitors could vote for their favorites. The results of the all-public voting were released Monday.

Ellee Irwin’s pumpkin, a minion from Despicable Me, won first place honors. Irwin received a $50 Amazon gift certificate.

Scott Stewart’s ‘Pete’, from A Plump and Perky Turkey, took second place. Stewart was awarded a $30 gift card.

“It was a really nice contest,” Wood said, and the staff is considering running it again next year.