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Pumpkins are a sure sign that Halloween is near, and United Supermarket is helping Muleshoe get into the spirit with The Great Muleshoe Pumpkin Decorating Contest. 

“We wanted to do something to get the community in and have some fun,” said store director Markus Stephens. “We did a couple of good ones at the Rotary. We’re excited to see who’s got talent and hope they can win a couple of prizes.” 

Scott Miller, insurance agent; Kaitlyn Hart, Rotary Club Sweetheart; Carroll Precure, electrician; and Mikayla Toscano decorated pumpkins at the Rotary Club last week as Markus Stephens, United store director, presented the program. Kaitlyn Hart’s pumpkin was the winner at the Rotary Pumpkin Decorating Contest. 

The contest will be from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at United Supermarket, 104 West 9th Street. Judging starts at 4:50 p.m. The contest includes three age categories: Under 5, 6 and Up and Adults. Pumpkins and art supplies will be provided. 

Prizes include: four bikes, two mid-size and two with training wheels, gift cards, vouchers, beach chairs, Xbox controllers, Xbox headphones, an Alexa speaker, Coke products such as hats and lunchboxes, an Apple watch charger and an I-phone charger. Yeti cups and free food will be given away on a first-come-first-served basis. 

According to online sources, the practice of decorating jack-o’-lanterns originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as early canvasses. Immigrants quickly discovered that pumpkins served the purpose better. 

For those who would rather bake than decorate, pumpkins are very nutritious and especially rich in vitamin A. 

“Pumpkin sales are No. 1 in 97 United stores,” Stephens said. “We have a huge pumpkin display for our store.” 

Gail M. Williams, Muleshoe Journal Correspondent


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