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Clawson PD hosts virtual pumpkin carving contest

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published October 20, 2020

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CLAWSON — Spooky season is here, and although COVID-19 public health risks have led to the cancellation of many in-person Halloween activities, the Clawson Police Department found a creative solution for families to get festive.

Encouraged by the community’s strong response to a coloring contest it held at the beginning of the pandemic, Clawson police are hosting an inaugural virtual pumpkin carving contest.

Police encourage participants to follow a police theme but will accept all submissions from all Clawson residents of any age, as well as all students who attend Clawson Public Schools. Prizes will be awarded to the top carvers in the age groups of 5-8, 9-12 and 13-16.

To enter, submit a photo of the carved pumpkin to svierk@cityofclawson.com by Friday, Oct. 30. Entries must include first name, age and phone number. The Police Department will publish submitted photos on its Facebook page for all to enjoy.

Sgt. Scott Vierk, who initially came up with the idea, said he wanted to offer Clawson residents an alternative after the city opted to cancel its popular Trick-or-Treat Trail event at Clawson City Park.

“Anyone can participate. Hopefully, people do a police theme with badges, police cars, things like that,” Vierk said. “We were exploring the idea of how we could be involved.”

He said police contemplated handing out candy from cruisers while on patrol, but felt that option created the unnecessary potential for COVID-19 exposure.

Vierk added that the prizes, while not yet determined by press time, would be “good.”

“Obviously, it’s a different time. We’re still trying to stay connected to our citizens as best we can,” Clawson Police Chief Scott Sarvello said.

Under normal circumstances, he said, the Clawson Police Department sets up a tent at the Trick-Or-Treat Trail and mingles with the public, handing out stickers and candy and emphasizing the importance of community engagement.

“We wanted to get the public involved and have a little fun, have kids enjoy Halloween as best as they can,” Sarvello said. “We’re looking forward to seeing what it means to have a police-themed pumpkin.”

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