Leppink’s Food Center in Ferrysburg hosted its first pumpkin-carving contest. At stake were gift cards for second and third place, while first place meant a chance to win a go-kart.
Fifty-nine pumpkins were submitted for the contest. It was judged by Ferrysburg Mayor Dan Ruiter, Sgt. Curt Theune of the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department and Dr. Mike Weiss of Spring Lake.
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After careful consideration, the winners were announced: Pat Riordan, first; Eric Elkins, second; and Steve Wozniak, third.
Riordan said it took him about 16 hours to sculpt his pumpkin. The Walker man said it was only the second time he created a pumpkin of that magnitude.
Leppink's Store Director Don Ferguson said he wasn’t sure what to expect for the first-time event.
“We did it to create excitement in the store and to create something unique,” he said.
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