The “Catch The Glow at the Hayner” pumpkin carving contest held on October 22 on the front lawn of the Hayner received rave reviews from the participants, attendees and a great number of individuals and families who stopped by the event to enjoy the glow of over 50 pumpkins. The event was considered a success with over 800 people viewing the artistically carved creations during the 3 hour display of glowing Jack- O-Lanterns, complimented by fall decorations provided by the event sponsor, Fulton Farms.


The Honorable Mayor of Troy and his wife, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Beamish and Linda Lee Jolly, Director of The Troy Hayner Cultural Center, judged the carving contest.


Ribbons were awarded to the top carvers in the following categories:


2011 Master Carver Award:

First place: Chris Madigan

Second Place: Carol Jackson

Third Place: Justin Seekins

Honorable Mention: Lee Ann Heil


2011 Junior Master Carver Award:

First place: Randi Frazier

Second Place: Grace Cole

Third Place: Courtney Hittapole & Kaitlyn Flory


2011 Family Project Award:

First place: The Ott Family

Second Place: The Ott Family

Third Place: The Flory Family


2011 Business Carving Award:

First place: Fulton Farms, carved by Kelsey Kingery, Lee Ann Heil & Jewell Taylor.

Second Place: The Happy Box C.S.A., carved by Jessica Hale.

Third Place: One Call Now, carved by Josh Lurie.


 2011 Non-Profit Carving Award:

First place: Miami County Music Festival, carved by Jules Conner.

Second Place: Troy Civic Theater, carved by Josh Lurie.

Third Place: Partners In Hope, carved by Jules Conner.


The evening also featured additional activities including low light house tours, creative art activities in the studio and a children’s theater presentation of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”; all offered free of charge to the community.


Carved pumpkin entries displayed during the “Catch the Glow at The Hayner” event held on the front lawn of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center.