Shelby Township hosts first ever jack-o’-lantern carving contest

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published October 26, 2020


SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — The Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department is hosting a jack-o’-lantern carving contest to see who can create the most interesting design and is inviting residents to enter their carvings.

Jessica Thomas, administrative program assistant with the department, said the carvings can have faces, words, shapes and more.

“We have our jack-o’-lantern contest for all the pumpkin carving enthusiasts to partake in. Nowadays, there are so many different ways to carve pumpkins. Maybe you support your favorite team by carving their logo, or attempt a crazy pattern or create a spooky face. We encourage our participants to get crafty,” she said.

Now through Oct. 31, participants can enter their most interesting pumpkin carvings to see if they can get the most votes.

This is the first year that the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department has held the contest.

Mike Adams, the sports/recreation coordinator at the department, said that the department is trying to do something fun during the pandemic.

“This is the first year we have done these. … (We’re) just trying to do some different activities/events in these times,” he said.

Submissions can be funny, scary or even cute.

In order to enter the contest, participants must email photos of their creations, the creators’ names and their ages to

Entries will be categorized by age group into three sections: youth ages 12 and younger; teen ages 13-17; and adults ages 18 and older.

Adams said they are expecting a lot of submissions this week.

Voters can view the pumpkins that have been entered and vote for their favorite one in each age group until Oct. 30. Winners will be announced Oct. 30.

The contest is open to Shelby Township and Utica residents.

For more information on the contest or to vote, visit www.shel