Newton Grove Pumpkin Contest set for Thursday, Oct. 22


By Chase Jordan - [email protected]



Newton Grove Mayor Barbara Burch looks at a pumpkin with a local child.


NEWTON GROVE — Mayor Barbara Burch is looking forward to seeing jack-o’-lanterns in the middle of downtown following a fun contest for children, teenagers and adults.

The second annual Pumpkin Carvin contest is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Newton Grove Fire & Rescue Department, 313 W. Weeksdale St., Newton Grove. Last year, 15 people participated in the contest.

“It’s very exciting and I hope we have at least 30 or more this time,” Burch said. “Every year, I hope this gets bigger.”

Burch, who also serves as organizer for the event, enjoyed the first contest which, she said, was a success. She has a love for Halloween and fall festival gatherings. The carved pumpkins will be placed in the town’s roundabout.

“It brought life to the circle,” Burch said about the carvings. “They’ll be there until Halloween so children and everyone can enjoy them.”

Participants will have one hour to carve their pumpkins, which will be provided by the town of Newton Grove and judged by three officials. Carvers must bring their own tools and the town is not responsible for any accidents. Awards and prizes will be given to the top carvers in the youth (12 and under) and adult (13 and over) categories. During the contest, free popcorn will be provided by the town.

Like many other events, such as the Circle of Lights, the Christmas Parade and July Fourth celebrations, Burch is looking forward to residents in the town and nearby gathering together once again.

“It brings everyone together and we have a lot fun together,” Burch said about the importance of community events.

For more information, contact Newton Grove officials at 910-594-0827.

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By Chase Jordan

[email protected]

Newton Grove Mayor Barbara Burch looks at a pumpkin with a local child.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Sampson-Independent-2-2-1.jpgNewton Grove Mayor Barbara Burch looks at a pumpkin with a local child.

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