2nd annual Pumpkin Carve draws artists and visitors to Harrington

HARRINGTON — The Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve Festival was a smashing success Friday night and Saturday from inside the Quillen Arena in Harrington.

The second annual event, a partnership between Biggs Museum of American Art and the Delaware State Fair, brought out hundreds of participants eager to take part in the fall-time festivities.
Individuals and groups alike ventured to Harrington to carve their very own giant pumpkins, like students from Lake Forest High School’s Business Professionals of America club who did one in hopes of spreading awareness of their group.

Others came out to enjoy all of the festivities like the French family of Milford who brought their two-year-old out to play for the morning.
“It means a lot. It means everything. We can only play in the dirt so much. He needs a little bit of activity and there’s nothing to do around here anymore. The skating rink in Milford is closed. There’s bowling, but he’s too young for bowling. We could go to the beach, but that’s closed. So, activities like these are needed. It offers variety,” John French said.

The Lynkew family also participated in a day of fun at the Delaware State Fairgrounds Saturday.

“We were looking for something to do for the fall with the kids and we looked on the internet to see what was fun to do in Delaware and this was it,” Joyce Lynkew of Dover said. “They get to learn some things and do activities that they don’t normally get to do. They get to get out, have fun, socialize, get tired, burn some energy…”

Carving a pumpkin.

But the fun and games aren’t just that for the Biggs Museum and the Delaware State Fair organizations. The fundraiser was also meant to publicize their activities that happen throughout the year.

“I have been with the museum for a long time, about 16 years, and I’ve been looking for ways to partner with the Delaware State Fair. And so when the director of the Delaware State Fair contacted us, he said that he wanted to do this pumpkin carving thing. I thought, ‘This is creative. This is fun, artistically interesting. We can get teachers and families to come together. And I thought it would be a good fit,” Ryan Grover of Biggs Museum of American Art said. “It’s definitely a place to make art, find your own personal experiences with art and to see other points of view.”

Kathryn Marron, also from the museum, added that they brought some of the same activities they do frequently with children at the museum to the festival itself.

“What I like best is actually that we’re responsible for the kids craft section. I like letting parents know that the Biggs Museum is a resource for them. We’re in Dover. We always have artistic activities for kids in the museum, as well as I-Spy’s. So, they take their I-Spy’s and can actually take them out into the exhibits with them and lets them interact with the art,” she said.

For more information on the Biggs Museum of American Art, visit them online at http://www.biggsmuseum.org.

Reach staff writer Jennifer Antonik at jantonik@newszap.com

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