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Enter New Providence's First Ever Carved Pumpkin Contest on Saturday

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The PBA, New Providence Lions, and the New Providence Municipal Alliance have partnered to offer the community a fun, new, family-friendly event,  the borough's first ever carved pumpkin contest.

The event is this Saturday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. in Centennial Park. Everyone is welcome to stroll the park and look at all the great illuminated pumpkins and the contest winner! Cider and donuts will be served and other fun activities planned. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the pumpkins and fall festivities with friends, family, and neighbors through the end of October! This is a free event! Everyone is welcome!

If you would like to enter the contest, please bring (or have someone bring for you) a CARVED pumpkin to Centennial Park between 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, where a pumpkin crew will greet you and get your pumpkin displayed for the contest. Entrance to the contest is free. Pumpkins entered in the contest can be real or artificial, painted and/or decorated, using any medium that is safe (hazardous and/or flammable material is strictly prohibited), and your pumpkin must be carved so it can be illuminated. Timed battery operated tea lights work best. Tea lights will be provided until supplies run out. 

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Your pumpkin must fit on an 8"x8" display platform (so not too big or heavy). The pumpkins will be outdoors, displayed in Centennial Park and illuminated when it gets dark. Only one carved pumpkin per person can be entered in the contest. Businesses and organizations are welcome to enter too! Pumpkins will remain in Centennial Park through the end of October. Participants may pick up their pumpkin by Nov 7th, otherwise all the pumpkins will be brought to the recycling center by our DPW. 

Please no scary, gruesome, political, offensive, or inappropriately themed pumpkins, as this is a family friendly fall festival event. Event hosts retain the right to refuse any pumpkin in this contest for any reason. The borough, members of the hosting committees, and volunteers are not be responsible or liable for any lost, damaged, or altered pumpkins. 

Contest Winners will be chosen by the PBA, the New Providence Lions, and the Municipal Alliance in the following categories in each age group: 4-8yrs, 9-12yrs, 13-17yrs, and 18-Adult: 
- MOST ORIGINAL
- FUNNIEST
- MOST ARTISTIC

*The RAIN DATE is 10/28/17 with pumpkin drop off to Centennial Park between 10am-2pm because it is downtown trick or treating. Contest is 6-8:30pm

To jumpstart the new event, last night, with the fall chill in the air, the magic pumpkin fairy was spotted, sprinkling her magic fairy pearl pumpkins all around Centennial Park to wish all the pumpkin contestants good luck! Members of the community are welcome to begin strolling the park to locate all 18 of her pearl pumpkins. They are numbered in gold. Happy Hunting! 

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