Pumpkins and more

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

Said Henry David Thoreau, about pumpkins. And by crikey, there were plenty of pumpkins to sit on at Gordonton Primary School last night.  Number 8 Network turned up as things were getting underway and got the following pics of a magical evening.

Aatahliyah Tuwhangai, eight, with the pumpkin she grew.
Aatahliyah Tuwhangai, eight, with the pumpkin she grew.

Judges David Riddell, left, and Mike Stewart get down to work (with help from two special assistants):

The sun started to go down, a good time to pumpkin sit:

Or sit on a wobbly train driven by local farmer John Riddell:

Farmer John

Possibly take part in a tug of war?

tug

Or walk around and admire some of the other creations:

This huge piece of farm machinery impressed many – even if they weren’t too sure what it was:

Meanwhile, plenty was going on inside the school hall:

Nathan and Riley

Again, there was a lot to admire:

Still life

And to be proud of:

Nathan Gill, 6, with his creation, and friend Riley Stuart, 6.
Nathan Gill, 6, with his creation, and friend Riley Stuart, 6.
Tamsin Gurnell, 7, points to her first prize winning pumpkin picture.
Tamsin Gurnell, 7, points to her prize winning pumpkin picture.

It was great fun. Thank you to all at Gordonton School for turning on such a splendid evening.

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