Lubbock needs pumpkins

Lubbock needs pumpkins
Pumpkin from 2017 Lubbock Arboretum pumpkin trail. (KCBD Photo) (Source: KCBD)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Is October your favorite month of the year? Do you enjoy the thrill of carving a pumpkin and displaying it for all to see? Then the City of Lubbock wants you... or at least your pumpkin.

The Lubbock Memorial Arboretum has put out the call for their 10th Annual Pumpkin Trail. The event will take place October 18-21, and they have a goal of 2,000 carved pumpkins to line the trail.

Are you up for the challenge of adding to their list? See the full release below:

On October 18-21, 2018, the trails in the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum will be lined with hundreds of lighted jack-o-lanterns for Parks and Recreation’s 10th Annual Pumpkin Trail. To make this happen, we need the people of Lubbock to donate their carved pumpkins to the Pumpkin Trail. The more carved pumpkins we get from the community, the longer the trail. Last year, we had 1,769 pumpkins and had over 20,228 people visit the trail. Our goal this year is 2,000 pumpkins. The more jack-o-lanterns we receive, the longer the trail. Watch the pumpkin count grow at or on our Facebook page at Lubbock Parks and Recreation.

Groups bringing 10 or more pumpkins will have a sign posted on the trail with their name or logo on it. Pumpkin carvings must be family-friendly and appropriate for even the youngest child. We are asking all participants to carve their pumpkins no earlier than Monday, October 15, so that they stay fresh throughout the four-day event. Whether you plan to carve one pumpkin or a dozen, call Hodges Community Center at (806) 767-3706, and let us know how many pumpkins you are bringing as we build towards our goal. In addition to pumpkins, we are also signing up volunteer groups to help each night as candle lighters, trail guides and counters.

Deliver carved pumpkins to the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum on Wednesday, October 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Lubbock Memorial Arboretum is located at 4111 University and the delivery site is in the east corner of the parking lot. We will also be accepting pumpkins on Thursday, October 18 until 3:00 p.m. as we finalize the Pumpkin Trail. Look for the “DELIVER PUMPKINS HERE” signs.

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