Local residents can show off their artistic skills and help the Linton Public Library raise money at the same time with the Pumpkin Decorating contest.
"The library wants to invite people to celebrate the season in a fun and creative way," Library Director Jamie Tyner explained.
Decorated pumpkins can be delivered to the library starting Oct. 24, and voting will continue to Oct. 31. The deadline to enter pumpkins is Oct. 27 to participate in the contest.
When participants bring in the pumpkin they will be given a registration form at the Circulation Desk so the pumpkins can be named and given a number.
The winner of the competition will be announced Nov. 1.
Each entry will be numbered with a corresponding jar and patrons vote on the entries by dropping change in the jars. Each cent will be counted as a vote.
Tyner noted patrons can vote as many times as they would like.
The proceeds from the voting will then go to the library to help with the summer reading programs for all ages, and to purchase books for the library.
"Whenever we do some type of fund raiser it would go into our summer reading fund to get prizes for the program. The summer reading program effects all ages. We want to promote it for everybody, but we spend most of the funds on prizes for the younger students," Tyner said.
She noted it is important to keep up with the summer reading programs to get people into the library to continually educate themselves.
"Not only does this raise help raise funds for the library, but it gets people involved and brings people into the library," Tyner said.
Real or fake pumpkins can be decorated for the contest, but they cannot be carved. Small punctures are acceptable for some of the decorations.
The pumpkins must be small or medium sized in order to fit on the display shelves in the library.
Participants are encouraged to be creative, but all entries must be appropriate for family viewing or they will be disqualified.
Entries are not allowed to incorporate noise makers, sound machines, candles or any sources of light.
Winners will be announced Nov. 1 first in three categories, adult, teens 12 to 17-years old and children's submissions.
"Last year, one of our best pumpkin was done by a student from one of the schools. It's nice to see the students do something creative with their parents or members of their family. It often becomes a family activity," Tyner said.
She noted since there are categories for all ages she encourages families to decorate pumpkins together and each enter in their age category.
Tyner said there will be prizes for each age group, which are to be determined.