Pumpkin Olympics come to campus


Years have passed since students at Seward County Community College might have watched Charlie Brown television specials — but like the cartoon character Linus and his friends, they are still waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear. High winds delayed the Block and Bridle Club’s “Pumpkin Olympics” last week, and forced the agriculture department to reschedule the event.

Pumpkin Olympics are still around the corner, set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, at the Agriculture Department on campus.

pumpkin-bowlingsm“We’ve got pumpkin bowling, pumpkin catapult, and a ring toss with pumpkins and hula hoops,” said student Javier Chavez, a student at Liberal High School enrolled in SCCC concurrent agriculture classes. “Not what people who usually grow gardens do with their vegetables —“

“— but we’ve got 1,000 pumpkins out here,” noted Agriculture Instructor David Coltrain.

Monica Moreno, who’s also a concurrent LHS/SCCC student, plans to help children participating in the games.
“This is something families can do together,” she said. “It’s just a different activity.” Along with carnival-style games, the Pumpkin Olympics will include a bale maze for young children, a pumpkin decorating contest, and a pie-eating competition. Children under age five can play all events free of charge.

A $10 wrist band includes unlimited game play, plus a meal, with all proceeds to benefit the agriculture student club Block and Bridle.

And, while nobody really expects The Great Pumpkin to show up, students and faculty are sure the evening will be plenty of fun.

For more information, contact Coltrain at 620-417-1354, or Block & Bridle Club Sponsor, ag instructor Nick Noterman at 620-417-1353.

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