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On Wednesday October 27th, Ãƒâ€š we will be hosting our 5th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest at Laurelwood NW PublicÃƒâ€š HouseÃƒâ€š (2327 NW Kearney st.) Bring your scariest idea's and be ready to get a little messy. We provide the pumpkins and you provide the inspiration. We will have both adult and kids contest with prizes being handed out. Ãƒâ€š All Pumpkins will stay on display through the end of Halloween. Ãƒâ€š So come out for a night of gooey fun and great beer!
Here are a few fun facts to get you thinking!
-Pumpkins are fruits. A pumpkin is a type of squash and is a member of the gourd family (Cucurbitacae), which also includes squash, cucumbers, gherkins, and melons.
-Pumpkins have been grown in North America for five thousand years. They are indigenous to the western hemisphere.
-In 1584, after French explorer Jacques Cartier explored the St. Lawrence region of North America, he reported finding "gros melons." The name was translated into English as "pompions," which has since evolved into the modern "pumpkin."
-Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron.
-The official world record for the largest pumpkin ever grown, as recorded by the Guinness Book, was 1,385 pounds. It was grown by Steve Deletas of Pleasant Hill, Oregon, in 2003.
-The world's largest Jack O'Lantern was carved by Scott Cully (USA) from the then world's largest pumpkin on October 23, 2002, at the Topsfield Fair, Massachusetts, USA. The pumpkin was grown by Charles Houghton (USA) and weighed 606.72 kg (1,337 lb 9.5 oz) on October 5, 2002, during the fair's pumpkin weigh-off.
-Pumpkin seeds should be planted between the last week of May and the middle of June. They take between 90 and 120 days to grow and are picked in October when they are bright orange in color. Their seeds can be saved to grow new pumpkins the next year.
-According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie weighed 189.6 kg (418 lb) and was made by the Windsor Certified Farmers Market and the Windsor High School Culinary Arts Program, and served at the Farmers Market, Windsor, California, USA on 26 October 2003.