LIVERMORE FALLS — Saturday morning pumpkins of all sizes and shapes were being transformed for the Annual Pumpkin Walk sponsored by Hillside Sports Club of Jay.
A line of carved pumpkins greeted those making their way to the AYS (Area Youth Sports) building. Another line of pumpkins covered the stage while dozens of pumpkins, some decorated, were arranged on the floor in front.
Finished pumpkins also filled some tables while several tables found pumpkin decorators eagerly at work.
University of Maine Orono students Jasmine Bussiere, of Livermore Falls, and Patrick Lalime of Bangor were carving pumpkins at one table.
Beonka Kessinger’s sons Dawson Churchill and Keegan Turner were seen at another table.
“Beonka and Bre (Breanne Abbott-Hewins) were the back bones of this. This year’s walk is dedicated to them,” Breanne’s mom Jan Arsenault said.
Mona Harlow, who worked with Bre years ago, was also carving pumpkins.
Six-year old Jaden Gibbs of Livermore had finished carving his name in one pumpkin and eagerly picked out another to carve. It was so big he needed help to get it to the table.
Amber Campbell, who works at Hillside Sports Club, was carving an owl. She had spent hours ahead of time making the pumpkins ready for carving.
“I’m an avid lover of Halloween. I did a witch already,” she said.
Sherry Labbe was using one of the tools Campbell had brought. It allowed her to carve initials.
“It’s the coolest tool I’ve ever used. It’s amazing!” Labbe said. “Amber looks at a pumpkin and knows what it will be.”
One long table was covered with a variety of carving implements, patterns and paints. Hay bales, inflatables and other decorations helped set the mood while everyone worked and talked with one another.