9-year-old takes home top prize in downtown pumpkin carving contest

Judged best hand-carved pumpkin and 'not too scary'

Taylor Potter, 9, took home top honors Saturday at the annual pumpkin carving contest sponsored by downtown Pleasanton merchants.

Potter's large, hand-carved and "not too scary" pumpkin was judged the best overall in the contest, which was held in front of the Museum On Main.

Others who entered pumpkins in the competition were Andy Burnett, Michael Gagnon, and Alena and Marinna Gagnon. Alena is 5-1/2 years old; Marinna is 3 years old. They are the daughters of Michael and Lori Gagnon.

Jennifer Amiel, education director of the museum, handled the awards program. Judges were Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and Jeb Bing, publisher/editor of the Pleasanton Weekly.

--Pleasanton Weekly staff.

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Posted by katie
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Nov 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Congratulations! Glad to see these kids participating in such events! Nice work :) So cute.

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Posted by Lindsay
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Nov 2, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Thanks Katie! Taylor worked so hard on that pumpkin, 2 1/2 hours of sketching on paper, scooping and carving. I really hope more kids and grownups enter next year because it has been such a great experience for our family, especially our daughter. Now if I could only get her to let go of her prized pumpkin so it can become compost...

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Posted by katie
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Nov 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Wow, very impressive! Not even i can do that! Good for her! :) Hope all is well.

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