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Pumpkin lighting draws a crowd in North Sandwich

Glowing pumpkins, including a “snowman” that won Most Original Erin Plummer. (click for larger version)
November 03, 2010
SANDWICH — The darkness around Remick Park was illuminated by an eerie glow after dozens of candles were lit to show off creative carvings at the annual pumpkin lighting.

The pumpkin lighting is a tradition in Sandwich that has gone on for decades. Children around town carved pumpkins into various designs that were set up on the stone wall in Remick Park in North Sandwich and lit.

Parks and Recreation Director Leo Greene said around 50 people participated in the competition and around 50 people showed up for the lighting. Awards were then given out to the best pumpkins.

This year's Best in Show award was given to Ella St. Cyr for her pumpkin that looked like a witch flying over a moon.

Greene said judging was blind as judges looked over the pumpkins without having the names of their creators.

Even after the judging, locals stayed for some time to look over and photograph the carved creations.

"The kids like it because they get to spent the afternoon carving pumpkins, something parents and kids can do together," Greene said. "It's a good chance to use this great park in North Sandwich."

Six-year-old Josh Tolles won Honorable Mention for his pumpkin featuring a rabbit with the words "Happy Halloween."

Tolles used a pumpkin from Moulton Farm to make a design inspired by the family's rabbits Pedro and Basil.

"I wrote 'Happy Halloween' and made a bunny face," Tolles said.

"We've lived here for three years and we've done it all three years," said Josh's mother Robyn Tolles. "We think it's a great little thing for Sandwich, the great old fashioned town."

Siblings Rebecca, Gabrielle, John, and Alaina Nedeau all carved pumpkins and entered them into the competition.

"I wanted to do something that (has to do) with Halloween, something Halloweenish," said 10-year-old Gabrielle Nedeau about her pumpkin showing ghosts under a moon.

Their mother Birgit Nedeau said the activity was fun for the whole family.

"I just love coming here every year and seeing the different designs and the different ideas people have," Birgit Nedeau said.

Martin Lord Osman
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