2016 Don Wheaton Pumpkin Carving Contest
The Halloween spirit overtook the Don Wheaton showroom on Oct. 21. Instead of ghosts and ghouls, several members of the dealership’s staff put their artistic talents on display in a pumpkin carving contest. Entries in the contest spanned the range from the automotive-themed to cute and silly. Naturally, a few more sinister designs made their way into the contest as well. The winners for the 2016 Pumpkin Carving Contest at Don Wheaton were: First place, Jerry Granger; second place Kerri Morrow; and third place Lori McCrimmon. Coincidentally, all three winners work in the Don Wheaton Parts Department. Congratulations to the winners!
Why do we carve pumpkins for Halloween?
[wrc_column grid=”2″ width=”1″ type=”start”]Doorsteps, stoops and certainly the Don Wheaton showroom wouldn’t be as decorative this time of year without highly customized pumpkins. The tradition of carving pumpkins with scary faces actually dates back a while to Ireland. The Irish myth says a man named Jack was a known scoundrel and actually managed to trick the Devil a few times.
When Jack died, he wasn’t allowed into heaven and the Devil wasn’t able to keep his soul because of the scams Jack pulled. Instead, the Devil banished Jack to wonder the earth at night holding only a single burning coal. Presumably for ease of use, Jack put the coal in a carved out turnip. This is where the name “Jack of the Lantern” began, which was eventually shortened to “jack-o’-lantern.”
In Ireland and Scotland, potatoes, turnips and gourds were used make jack-o’-lanterns. Pumpkins weren’t carved out until Europeans arrived in North America, since pumpkins weren’t available in the Old World.[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”2″ width=”1″ type=”end”]
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