Ha Ha Tonka announces pumpkin carving winners from Ha Ha Haunt

The most creative pumpkin overall winners in sixth grade, pictured from left, are Daniel Beebe, third place; Sophia Kurle, third place; Michelle Morris, first place; and Ashlee Heinemann, second place; Nancy Masterson, Park Superintendent, is pictured along with winners.

The most creative pumpkin overall winners in sixth grade, pictured from left, are Daniel Beebe, third place; Sophia Kurle, third place; Michelle Morris, first place; and Ashlee Heinemann, second place; Nancy Masterson, Park Superintendent, is pictured along with winners.

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Courtesy of Camdenton Schools

The first place winners in fifth grade, pictured from left (front row), are Jesslyn Parsley, carved pumpkin category; Jaden Younker, creative small pumpkin; Abby Bellew, creative large pumpkin; Haliey Zeger, Creative small pumpkin; Pearl Hanes, creative small pumpkin; Caige Brawley, most creative pumpkin overall; Jake Thoenen, carved pumpkin category; Angelina Trower, carved pumpkin category; and Shelby Mount, carved pumpkin category. Pictured in the middle row are Phillip Burns, second place (creative large pumpkin); Hailey Montes, third place (carved pumpkin category); Darby Cox, second place (most creative pumpkin overall); Makenna Oster, second place (carved pumpkin category); Lindsey Graves, second place (carved pumpkin category); and Riley Glissendorf, second place (Carved pumpkin category). Pictured in the back row are Ambrosia Nations, third place (carved pumpkin category); Carlee Bent, honorable mention (carved pumpkin category); Nancy Masterson, park superintendent; Peyton Dannatt, honorable mention (Carved pumpkin category); Susan Buchman, park employee; and Azara Smith, fourth place (carved pumpkin category). Kamden Wimberley is not pictured, however, she won second in the creative small pumpkin category.

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Courtesy of Camdenton Schools

The first place winners in sixth grade, pictured from left (front row), are Briana Burns, most creative pumpkin overall; Rebekah Hibler, creative small pumpkin; Haile Farris, carved pumpkin category; Jeana Laughlin, carved pumpkin category; Jimmy Colvard, carved pumpkin category; and Jenna Carey, creative large pumpkin. Second place winners are (middle row) Tiana Enriquez, creative large pumpkin; Acacia Smith, carved pumpkin category; Erin Leezer, creative small pumpkin; Scarlett Nobel, carved pumpkin category; Aidan Hammond, carved pumpkin category. Pictured in the back row, from left, are Nancy Masterson, park superintendent; Isaiah Ochoa, third place (carved pumpkin category); Hunter Corley, fourth place (carved pumpkin category); Mikayla Wilson, fourth place (carved pumpkin category); Alexis Rosach, fourth place (Carved pumpkin category); Sasha Prather, honorable mention (carved pumpkin category); and Susan Buchman, park employee.

Nancy Masterson, Ha Ha Tonka State Park Superintendent, and Susan Buchman recently congratulated the Camdenton Oak Ridge Intermediate fifth and sixth grade students who won a ribbon in the annual Ha Ha Tonka pumpkin-carving contest.

A total of 49 pumpkins were decorated, carved and donated to the park for use during the Ha Ha Haunt Walk, held Oct. 26. People of all ages enjoy the event that has been a fall favorite for more than 20 years. School children have been donating pumpkins since 1998.

"In all these years, the creativity of our young people is amazing. These unique carved and enhanced pumpkins bring a smile to hikers. The jack-o-lanterns light up the trail on Haunt night and are left on the trail for other park visitors to see all weekend,” commented Masterson.

The following businesses provided coupons and gift cards so that every child who entered a pumpkin was given a treat: Andy's Frozen Custard, Culvers, Dairy Queen, El Caporal, El Espolan, Fired Up, Panara Bread, PaPa John’s, Pop-A-Wheelies Pizza, Sonic, Subway, and Wal-Mart. Ribbon winners received t-shirts and Audubon birds provided by Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

The Friday night event at Ha Ha Tonka drew a crowd of more than 1,000 people who were treated to many imaginative designs.

“We are so appreciative of the children who donate their pumpkin and the local businesses that support this community event,” said Masterson.

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