The Library promoted creativity this Halloween by having the first annual Great Pumpkin Competition. Families and kids were encouraged to create a spectacular Jack-o-lantern and show off their artistic skill. Two categories were available; a noncompetitive and a competitive level. Kids 12 & under entered the noncompetitive level and were awarded a special treat bag for bringing in a pumpkin they decorated themselves.
The competitive level was open to all ages and groups. Contestants entered to win the top prize, a Monster-size candy basket, a blue ribbon, and a photo of their winning pumpkin in Southlake Style. A Family-size candy basket and red ribbon went to the second place winner and a Fun-size candy basket with white ribbon went to the third place winner.
The Library displayed the submissions October 21-25 and held the competition on Friday, October 25. The judges included State Representative Giovanni Capriglione, Southlake City Council Member Laura Hill, CISD Superintendent Dr. David Faltys, Southlake Chamber of Commerce President Mark Guilbert , Chamber Board Chair Mark Jones and Southlake Style Magazine’s Tina Auten. The winning pumpkins were The Wicked Witch of the West submitted by the Freeman family for 1st place, Jack Skellington submitted by Lynn Keller for 2nd place, and The Wizard of Oz characters from the CISD Stars for 3rd place. An Honorable Mention went to 1st grader, Aiden Millerick for his Captain Underpants entry. All of the submissions were kept on display through Saturday, October 26 for the enjoyment of library customers and staff.