I know that most of you are here for the results of the Pumpkin Carving Contest of 2008, and many others of you are just here for the food (people after my own heart!). If you will, however, please indulge me in a moment of non-food blog related fodder ….
I feel compelled to comment on recent events. These have been an emotional 48 hours. For the last 24, I have found myself overwhelmed with emotion: hope, joy, and immense satisfaction. I am so in awe of the fact that, after two contentious and botched elections, Americans were able to come together and make a resounding choice for hope – not fear – and change – not politics as usual. I believe wholeheartedly that we the people made the right choice yesterday.
I am also so proud of all Americans – all 61% of you eligible voters – who turned out to make your voices heard. For the first time, I believe that we are positioning ourselves to unify for the greater good – both McCain’s gracious concession speech and Obama’s inspirational acceptance speech further shored up that belief of mine. As I watched our President-elect speak to the joyful crowd in Chicago late last night, and as scenes of exuberant celebration were shown from all across this vast country of ours – I was moved to tears. Well done, America, well done.
For those of you whose candidate did not win last night, I do not mean to exclude you. I do not presume to judge or disrespect your views – we all move forward together from this point. Yes, we can.
And now I’ll move onto the blog-related content you are all here for.
Whose pumpkin carving skills reigned supreme in’08?
This was, by far, the most closely contested race in recent pumpkin carving history. I believe that this year’s contestants took this game to a whole new level of pumpkin carving skills. I thank all of you who joined in our fun and left your comments and thoughts for us – many of them brought a good belly laugh ☺
On to the results …..
In fifth place, with three votes: Go Gators!
In fourth place, with nine votes: When Hillary Met Sarah
Next – for the first time ever! – a tie for second place, with eleven votes apiece: Scare ‘Em Up Crows and Scary Ghoulie Head
And, finally ….. (drum roll please) …..
In first place, with thirteen votes: Arachnophobia!
And who won the coveted crown?
Not our proud Gator fan. For those of you who could not narrow it down between Dan and Jason, the Florida Gator was expertly carved by Jason.
Not our resident social studies geek who let her opinions about the GOP VP candidate be well known: that would be me.
Not our two participants who performed almost well enough for victory – almost: Melissa (Scary Ghoulie Head) and Dan (Scare ‘Em Crows).
The Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Champion of 2008 is: Holley! Holley is the newest addition to the contest and has been a Maui resident for all of two weeks … which leads me to ask: who invited her to steal the title? Just kidding … in all seriousness: congratulations to Holley! Her carving was impeccable.
I am certain that Holley will do her best to fulfill her duties as the Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Champion with dignity and respect until next Halloween, when the title will once again be up for grabs.
Finally … one of you is the lucky recipient of your own copy of Veganomicon. Using a random number generator, the winner is: #25 – Sara A.! Contact me via email with where to send your brand new cookbook!