Come One, Come All … to decide who shall emerge victorious from the Fourth Annual Maui Ohana / Floridian Family Pumpkin Carving Contest!!
A little background on the contest (though some of you diehards need no reminders…) Six years ago Dan and I transplanted ourselves from the Sunshine State to the Rainbow State. Life was good, but we knew it could be improved … and we began to slowly convince people that Maui is not the worst place to live. Several of our hardy mates from Florida heeded the call. I believe it had something to do with an affinity for sun, sandruff, ocean views, and SPF. In a bout of competitiveness and a love of holidays, the Florida Family threw an impromptu pumpkin carving contest four years ago and, on the blog, the people came to vote. Thus was borne a yearly tradition that brings the Florida Family back together one night of the year to enjoy our friendship, share embarrassing stories about one other, and take pleasure in each other’s company. Each year we discuss expanding it to include all of our Maui Ohana, whom we love deeply and are so appreciative to call our Ohana, but out of respect for tradition (and the fact that our cozy cottage is limited in its ability to handle a knife wielding crowd) we “keep it in the Florida Family.” We have, however, in-lawed in a new carving buddy this past year. We’ve had a few members of the family rotate in and out over the years, but one constant remains: bring your game and bring it big.
To review the rules:
• a two hour carving time limit, and
• bare naked carving (that’s right, folks: no accessories, no stencils, no painting, no bells and no whistles)
The carvers are to be judged by three things and three things only: carving, creativity, and originality.
As we all are constantly reminded by the campaigning that is so aggressively underway in our nation at present, many great issues of our day stand in the balance. Here today we shall weigh in, cast our votes, and decide … who shall be the Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Champion of 2008. There is no campaigning in this election, however, (ahem, Jason…) as the pumpkins must speak for themselves. As you have taken the time to come to this post, you realize the gravity of this situation…
Three original pumpkin carvers along with two additions have come from around South Maui with one dream – to be named the Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Champ of 2008 and to be given the bragging rights associated with the title.
During the grueling two hour evening session of pumpkin carving, much game was brought and much smack was talked. The carvers endured a grueling struggle with pumpkin innards, endured intense battle with the thick shells, and overcame the great odds of carving curved shapes into the often-times unforgiving pumpkin surface.
Five worthy opponents, but only one will be named…
The Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Champion.
How this contest works: The responsibility for the decision rests upon you, dear voters. You have the opportunity to consider the five anonymous entries for this coveted title. By posting a comment that contains your vote for the pumpkin most worthy of being all of the following – “Most Original, Most Creative, and Best Carved” – you will make your voice heard in this contest of over-riding importance.
This is where destinies are realized and dreams are shattered.
Official Voting will end at 11:59 PM HST Tuesday, November 4th (4:59 AM EST Wednesday morning for all of you falling back an hour Saturday night…) so that the Official Vote Tabulation may begin and the Official Winner may be posted Wednesday evening.
One addition to this year’s competition: a gift for you. I would like to thank all of you who bring your enthusiasm to this contest each and every year. Choosing at random, someone will receive a brand spanking new copy of Veganomicon, just for participating in this year’s voting. To be eligible to win, you must leave your name in your voting comment.
Let the games begin!
In no particular order, our contenders are:
Pumpkin #1: Arachnaphobia
Pumpkin #2: Scary Ghoulie Head
Pumpkin #3: Scare ‘Em Up Crows
Pumpkin #4: Go Gators!
Pumpkin #5: When Hillary Met Sarah
(look closely and you’ll see the projection of pumpkin innards)
Cast your vote by leaving a comment (by clicking on “comments”) below. Be sure to leave your name to be eligible to win a copy of Veganomicon!