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NO. R-254.  Joint resolution designating October 18, 2008 as Vermont Pumpkin Carving Day.


Offered by:  Representative Livingston of Manchester

Whereas, the carving and displaying of pumpkins are nearly as symbolic of October in Vermont as the countryside’s colorful pageantry of leaves, and

Whereas, sensing an unexpected opportunity to increase Manchester’s fame and fortune, Jay Hathaway contacted the Guinness World Record office in Great Britain and established the criteria for a second and brand-new record‑setting event for “the most people carving a pumpkin at one time,” and

Whereas, on Saturday, October 28, 2006, despite terrible weather, nearly 300 individuals gathered outside cosponsor Orvis’s flagship store to witness this historic carving event at which 120 individuals carved pumpkins simultaneously, and Manchester’s Guinness World Record objectives were met, and

Whereas, the 2006 Manchester pumpkin carving’s great success convinced the Manchester & the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce to make this an annual event and to expand the geographic scope of this newly established activity, and

Whereas, on October 13, 2007, the first legislatively designated Vermont Pumpkin Carving Day was conducted in Manchester and other communities throughout the state with great success, and

Whereas, a small, but nonetheless important, first step to facilitate pumpkin carving activities is the newly established four-acre pumpkin patch in Manchester which includes one acre reserved for schoolchildren’s use, and

Whereas, in order to celebrate the art of pumpkin carving, and as an incentive to encourage the economically important Columbus Day holiday weekend visitors to linger in Vermont just a little longer, a statewide pumpkin carving day would encourage other communities to conduct pumpkin carving festivities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That this legislative body designates Saturday, October 18, 2008 as statewide pumpkin carving day, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jay Hathaway at the Manchester & Mountain Regional Chamber of Commerce and to Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing Bruce Hyde.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont