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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

House Resolution

H.R.  23

House resolution designating October 13, 2007 as Statewide Pumpkin Carving Day

Offered by:  Representatives Livingston of Manchester, Hube of Londonderry, Komline of Dorset, O'Donnell of Vernon and Scheuermann of Stowe

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, in 2006, the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bob Stannard and his colleague, Manchester & the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jay Hathaway, teamed up to establish two new records for the world famous Guinness Book of Records, and

Whereas, Bob Stannard’s desire to relieve neighboring Keene, New Hampshire of the troublesome burden of holding the world record for displaying the most jack-o’-lanterns displayed in one place prompted him to call on Jay Hathaway in order to procure sufficient jack-o’-lanterns to break Keene’s record, and

Whereas, sensing an unexpected opportunity to increase Manchester’s fame and fortune, while assisting his down-county chamber director, 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 both Manchester’s and Bennington’s Guinness 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, 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 House of Representatives:

That this legislative body designates Saturday October 13, 2007 as statewide pumpkin carving day, and be it further

Resolved:  That the clerk of the house be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jay Hathaway and Bob Stannard at their respective chambers of commerce and to Commissioner of Marketing and Tourism Bruce Hyde.


____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


                                                                      Donald G. Milne

                                                                      Clerk, House of Representatives

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont