Close to 100 decorated pumpkins were lined up in the gymnasium at Lynn Kirk Elementary School on Oct. 31 as students from kindergarten to the third grade completed entries for judging.
The pumpkins were lined up on steps and judges from WalMart, Rulli Brothers, and the Town Crier made the tough selection for the top three.
"It was a tough one to judge," said Trina Coss, manager of the Austintown WalMart.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Lynn Kirk’s 2012 winning pumpkin in the annual PTA Pumpkin contest went to kindergartener Gianna Franklin for her Cookie Monster design.
Coss brought gift certificates from her store to be given to the top three during an assembly later in the day. The winners receiving the prizes included kindergartener Gianna Franklin; first-grader Gavin Richmond; and third-grader Laura Smutny.
Laura said her idea to take three small pumpkins and turn them into a plate of candy apples was something her father saw on his iPhone.
"I liked the idea and thought it would be good," Laura said.
Laura's pumpkin plate took third while first-grader Gavin's mummified pumpkin took second. Gavin said he worked with his mother to wrap it up, then he colored in stitches and eyes.
Winning the contest was kindergartener Gianna for her cookie monster pumpkin. Gianna said the idea was all hers, but she did have some help from her dad.
"My dad bought the paint at WalMart and helped me spray it blue," she said.
For all the students participating, it ended up being a fun event. It may also have been the last pumpkin contest for Lynn Kirk school. According to a Lynn Kirk PTA spokesperson, the school is among the four Austintown elementary school buildings that will be combined in the new building off Idaho Road. When that happens, it is unsure whether the new PTA structure will want to continue a pumpkin contest.