Unsmashed pumpkins in the park

Local Halloween artists are gearing up for a jack-o’-lantern carve-off to benefit Pritchard Park. More than 50 downtown-business owners are expected to deliver orange entries for Pumpkins in the Park, a fundraiser sponsored by Glazer Architecture, Loretta’s, Mayfel’s and Quality Forward.

Here’s how it works: The competing businesses will carve their creations in advance, then display them all at once in Pritchard Park on Friday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. There, the public can vote for their favorites with dollars as well as ballots.

According to organizer Loretta Woolley, in addition to the squashy seasonal art, the fourth staging of the annual event will include fire breathers and palm readers. Quality Forward will once again match the funds raised and use the money to maintain and improve the park.

All downtown businesses are encouraged to enter. For more information, call 252-8840.


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About Cecil Bothwell
A writer for Mountain Xpress since three years before there WAS an MX--back in the days of GreenLine. Former managing editor of the paper, founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal, Heartstone, member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, publisher of Brave Ulysses Books, radio host of "Blows Against the Empire" on WPVM-LP 103.5 FM, co-author of the best selling guide Finding your way in Asheville. Lives with three cats, macs and cacti. His other car is a canoe. Paints, plays music and for the past five years has been researching and soon to publish a critical biography--Billy Graham: Prince of War:

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