Garry Smith of Springettsbury Township carved this pumpkin, which won first place.
You carved them and the judges have spoken. Check out the winners of the York Daily Record Pumpkin-Carving Contest.
First place: Garry Smith, 60, of Springettsbury Township, won a $75 gift certificate to Heritage Hills with his entry “Cornilus Cobbs.”
Second place: Richard Mak, 35, of Hellam Township, won a $50 gift certificate for his creation, “Dragon Pumpkin.”
Third place: Melody Martin, 24, of York Township, won a $25 gift certificate for his creation “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
There still time to create a jack-o’-lantern. Here are carving tips:
— Use knives that are sharp, flexible, thin and sturdy to cut into pumpkin flesh.
— Other carving tools to try include a linoleum cutter, melon baller, keyhole saw, hole cutters (used by potters for clay), wood gouge, needle tool, cookie cutter (for designs) or power drill (not for use by children).
— Use a grease pencil or dry-erase marker to draw freehand on your pumpkin.
— Cut a circular hole in the bottom of the pumpkin rather than the top. This makes it easier to put a candle or string of lights inside. Cords won’t drape out of the top, and you’re less likely to burn your fingers reaching into the pumpkin to light the candle.
— String lights are preferable to candles for some designs: Wrap a strand of 20 lights around a glass jar and secure wires with tape.
— Coat exposed pumpkin flesh with petroleum jelly to lock in moisture and prevent it from drying out. Soak or spray pumpkin with water mixed with a splash of bleach to ward off mold and kill insects.
— Spray pumpkin with water, cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge when not on display to extend life. If pumpkin shows signs of shriveling, soak in water for several hours.