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Annual Pumpkin Carve Grows to National Event
by Steven Wierszalowski

     he College of Architecture Design and Construction hosts its annual Pumpkin Carve every late October in the Dudley Courtyard. The event is open to the public and offers activities for families such as face painting and a costume contest. There are hamburgers, hotdogs and other baked items for sale to serve your appetite. This event was developed 18 years ago by Tarik Orgen and David Buege as a small contest and now has earned national recognition and drawn more than 35,000 participants. “The pumpkin carve has grown from a small student competition to a community event that attracts hundreds of people,” noted Dan Bennett, dean of AU's College of Architecture , Design and Construction. “Each year visitors are amazed at the traditional Halloween and current event themes that are used by our students in their designs for the pumpkin carve.” The pumpkins are judged based on appearance, craftsmanship and creativity by local business and civic leaders along with the professors.