The 35th Anniversary Celebration gave way to a very difficult judging process. Judges consist of a five individual teams that take their critiquing of these displays and judging them very seriously. They set out to view each and every display with a two page judging sheet. These judging sheets include questions of did the property use their venue to their advantage, was the display creative, has it been done to excess in the past, and the most important question is there at least one real pumpkin head? The judges are also asked to count how many real pumpkin heads and or gourds have been used in the display. Taking all that information and lots more convert it to the judging sheet returning it to Pumpkin Head Quarters which is the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Office… where all the information is reviewed and scored.
Before we sharing the winners with you we want to recognize all participants for all their work, their creativity and most importantly their time. You have to understand that this is their all time peak season and putting up a Return of the Pumpkin People display takes quite an effort… We emphasize how appreciative we are to all the participating properties. And… now for the Awards…
Winners for this year’s incredible event area as follows:
The Over all winners of the Jackson Area and the Conway Area is Awarded to the Inn at Ellis River (Map # 29) located at 17 Harriman Road in Jackson, NH for their “Farmers Market” who tied with the Snowflake Inn (Map #14) located on Main Street, Route 16 A in Jackson Village for "The Never Ending Story”! This coveted award wins them the front page of the 2020 Return of the Pumpkin People Award, photos on all media advertising for 2020 and bragging rights. With more than 80 display pieces these two properties impressed the Judges most and as you will see… they will delight you too! Both our Jackson Grammar School (Map # 16) and our Josiah Bartlett School Drama Llamas (Map #36) won First Place for our Student Entries.
First Place Conway Area is awarded to Four Your Paws Only for their interpretation of “Lady and the Tramp” Map Letter I, 2nd Place Conway to Home Depot Map Letter H, 3rd Place Conway to Bagels Plus (Map Letter T) who tied with Eastern Inns Map Letter S, Most Creative and a one of a kind was awarded to Conway’s DG Flower Studios (Map Letter R), Director’s Choice Conway was awarded to a Return of the Pumpkin People first year The Soaking Pot (Map Letter G), A very special Conway Award for Forgiving goes to CED Conway, NH located on 155 Washington Street for doing such a great job on their display and inadvertently was left off the map! Funniest for Conway is Mt. Washington Valley Kustomz (Map Letter X), the Sweetest Award Conway is State Farm, Diane Reo Agency (Map Letter E), Conway’s Best use of Venue was Awarded to Chalmer’s Insurance Group (Map Letter U), Scariest for Conway was Christmas Loft & Tricks & Treats (Map Letter J).
First Place Jackson Area Awarded to Christmas Farm Inn & Spa (Map #20), 2nd Place Jackson awarded to The Mt. Washington Auto Road Map #27, 3rd Place for Jackson Area is Awarded to The Seasons Resort (Map #32) and Debony Salon and Day Spa (Map #4), Most Creative for Jackson was awarded to Nordic Village Resort (Map #2), Director’s Choice for Jackson awarded to the Shannon Door Pub (Map #26) the Funniest for Jackson Awarded to Black Bear Realty (Map # 31) and the Sweetest Award for Jackson was given to the Inn at Jackson (Map #10), Jackson’s Best use of Venue was Awarded to Jackson Ski Touring Foundation Map # 24, Scariest for the Jackson Area is Awarded to White Mountain Photo Gallery (Map # 13).
The Judges “Must See List” over and above the 2019 winners are; (in no particular order) all the other participants. This event produces only Award Winning Displays. Although a participant may not be listed above in a winning category it merely means they have taken a tie for fourth place! People’s Choice ballots are good until October 31, 2019... Ballots are available on line at our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/JacksonAreaCC or at participating businesses. For more information please call the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 603-383-9356. Please remember to thank all our participating properties for another wonderful YEAR of Return of the Pumpkin People!
Winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced on October 31st at our Sweet Street Celebration.
For more information on any of the great events or fun filled activities for our area... check out our web-site at www.JacksonNH.com or call the office today (603)383-9356.
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