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2nd Annual Pumpkin Trail needs carved pumpkins

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In less than three weeks, the trails in the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum will be lined with hundreds of lighted jack-o-lanterns for Parks and Recreation's 2nd Annual Pumpkin Trail.

Lubbockites are encouraged to donate their carved pumpkins to the Pumpkin Trail. Last year, the trail consisted of 698 pumpkins. The goal for 2010 is 1,000 or more pumpkins. To date, 508 pumpkins have been donated. Groups donating 10 or more pumpkins will have a sign posted along the trail with their name or logo on it. In addition to pumpkins, volunteer groups are needed to help each night as candle lighters, trail guides and counters.

The 2nd Annual Pumpkin Trail will be open from October 21-24, 2010 in the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum in Clapp Park. This is a free event and the Arboretum walking trail is both stroller and wheelchair friendly. Trail entrances are at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum at 4111 University and the Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center at 4215 University. Limited parking is available behind Hodges Community Center and at the Garden and Arts Center. Park and Ride will be available from Safety City located on the east side of Clapp Park at 46th Street and Avenue U.

Pumpkin carvings must be family-friendly and appropriate for even the youngest child. Participants need to carve their pumpkins no earlier than Monday, October 18, so that they stay fresh throughout the four-day event. If you are interested in carving one pumpkin, or a dozen, you can call Maxey Community Center at (806) 767-3796.

Carved pumpkins can be delivered to the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum on Wednesday, October 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Thursday, October 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lubbock Memorial Arboretum is located at 4111 University and the delivery site is on the east side of the parking lot. Look for the "DELIVER PUMPKINS HERE" signs.

Pumpkin lighting begins at 5 p.m. and should be completed before dusk each night. Evening hours are 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday and 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Enjoy an autumn scene of pumpkins, fall foliage and blue sky during daylight hours from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, October 22-24.

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