TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 51. Winds: East 5 mph.
Carving Pumpkins For the Carillon
Sidewalks around the carillon will be surrounded by fall decorations after volunteers finish carving 2,000 pumpkins.
"We come every year," Rees Carillon Board Co-Chair Jennifer Johnson said. "It's just a lot of fun and you get to carve as many pumpkins as you want."
One weekend every year, the Rees Carillon Board invites people to come carve pumpkins for free. Then the jack-o-lanterns go on display for two nights, adding decoration and money to the carillon's building fund.
"Last year we rehung the bells and strengthened the structural steel," Johnson said. "We're putting a museum in the carillon, and any building that's 50 years old needs some repairs and maintenance. It's really become a family tradition, you hear lots of people say every year with their kids."
Cathy Becker brings her family to the event every year.
"My oldest is in college and she was disappointed that it wasn't last weekend because she was home on break," she said.
But that did not stop the Becker family, grandparents and all, from coming out and putting cutting into the piles of pumpkins.
"The kids usually do two or three but I've done maybe five or six myself," Becker said.
Her daughter, Clare, was excited to start carving her pumpkin.
"I like reptiles so I may do a gecko on this one," Clare said.
What they do with all of the pumpkins after the festivities? Well, they give them away.
"We don't have anything to do with 2,000 pumpkins so you can take them to your house," Johnson said.
The Rees Carillon Board will be out carving pumpkins again Sunday at noon. They will continue until there are no more pumpkins, if weather permits.
Tickets for next weekend's fund-raising portion are $7 for adults and $5 for children.