HARVEYS LAKE — There were the traditional Jack O’ Lanterns in the pumpkin carving contest at HL Powersports and then there were the kind Tammy Scoblick entered.
Scoblick searched the Internet and her attic for material to complete her “Pooping Baby” pumpkin.
The Harveys Lake woman won a prize in the Most Original category at the 3rd annual event held by HL Powersports on Saturday afternoon.
“I just get ideas,” Scoblick said.
She carved a face into the pumpkin and hollowed it out to use the seeds and stringy insides to fill an open diaper placed underneath. She finished it with doll legs and arms and first made sure her daughter was no longer attached to the toy.
“Otherwise I think I would’ve been in trouble,” Scoblick said.
Her entry sat among the dozens of entries on display on top of tables inside the store’s showroom. Among them were a cowboy pumpkin with a hat, a hard hat wearing construction pumpkin, a pumpkin with a carved “Mickey Mouse” face, a “Puking Pumpkin” spewing its insides from its mouth and a pumpkin painted with a fanged “Dracula” face.
Store owner Pat Adamshick said the contest is one of the events the Harveys Lake Homecoming Committee holds throughout the year. The others are at Christmas, Easter and the homecoming in July.
The contest that also features a tractor pulled hayride, photographs and goodie bags, has grown each year and more than 100 people attended, Adamshick said.
“We have five categories. We had to add one this year because we had so many pumpkins,” she said.
The local businesses help out by donating gift certificates as prizes, added homecoming committee member Mike Rush.
And Isaac Serhan, another committee member, did his part dressing in costume as the grim reaper.
He acknowledged some of the younger children kept their distance, but others posed for photographs with him.
“I’m like Santa Claus, but a little bit skinnier,” he said behind his skeleton mask.
With her curly hair and cute smile, Karslyn Cummings, was anything but scary in her “Abbie Bominable” costume from the “Monster High” doll collection. The 5-year-old captured third prize in the 0 - 5 age group category with her “Boo” pumpkin. The pint-sized pumpkin had a carved face and “Boo” printed in black letters on the side.
Zack Borgeson, 12, of Beaumont left his pumpkin intact and added glasses, a cap and white cotton for the hair and beard on his entry of Uncle Si Robertson of the “Duck Dynasty” reality television series. Borgeson took first place in the 11 to 15 age group.
He’s not a die hard fan of the show, adding ” I watch it every now and then.”