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MONDAY, OCT. 5, 2009


Monica Wood, marketing specialist
State Farmers Market
(919) 733-7417

Pint-size pumpkin painting part of State Farmers Market’s
Great Pumpkin Contest Oct. 8

RALEIGH — The 24th annual Great Pumpkin Contest at the State Farmers Market will feature a cornucopia of creativity with a decorated-pumpkin contest Thursday, Oct. 8.

The contest offers three age divisions: 8 years and younger, 9 to 15, and 16 and older. Entrants can drop off decorated pumpkins Wednesday, Oct. 7, between 3 and 5 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 8, between 7 and 9 a.m. in the Farmers Building. Judging will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

"This is a great way to kick off fall in North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The State Farmers Market is a great place to get pumpkins, gourds, bales of straw and everything else that you need for your fall celebrations.”

Decorated pumpkins will be judged on use of color, shapes, paint and creativity. Pumpkins can be carved or painted, and can use other forms of art media, but cannot be artificial. A top prize of $40 will be awarded in each category, with second, third and fourth places earning $25, $10 and $5, respectively.

In addition to the Great Pumpkin Contest, visitors will be able to sample produce in the Farmers Building and purchase fall holiday decorations in the Market Shoppes.

The event is sponsored by the State Farmers Market, the State Farmers Market Restaurant and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For additional information about this event and other events at farmers markets across the state, go to

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