NORTH SMITHFIELD – A new contest put on by two North Smithfield mothers just might lead to an annual pumpkin invasion of the town.

Briten Corriveau and Catherine Reyes are challenging residents to use their creativity to create Halloween displays with “pumpkin people,” engaged in various activities.

Reyes notes that the idea for the contest has been simmering for awhile, and with other spirited town events like the Great Pumpkin Festival cancelled in 2020, the time seemed right.

“We thought this year would be perfect because everyone is at home,” Reyes said.

Exactly what qualifies as a “pumpkin person?” The judges, it seems, are pretty flexible.

“Anything that includes a pumpkin counts,” Reyes said. “It’s all what you make of it.”

And the most creative displays will be rewarded.

Reyes and Corriveau are currently working with members of the Pumpkinfest Committee to come up with prizes.

To take part, just grab your pumpkins from a vendor such as Goodwin Brothers Farm Stand on Greenville Road, and start creating. Then, post a picture of your display on the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/719345158647661/ before the October 17 deadline, and send a message to the hosts with your address.

Winners will be announced on Halloween.

The pair hopes to make the contest an annual event that shows off the community’s spirit.

“It’s going to be so much fun,” Reyes said. “I can’t wait to see how creative people get.”

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