Shelton first responders battle for pumpkin carving supremacy

Photo of Brian Gioiele

SHELTON - The city’s first responders are battling for pumpkin carving bragging rights - and residents will be casting the deciding votes.

Wesley Village is hosting the Hometown Heroes Pumpkin Carving Contest, with entries from Echo Hose Ambulance Corps as well as the police and fire departments. Votes can be cast through Friday.

“This was our first time doing this with our first responders,” Marissa Salvesen, manager of mission development with United Methodist Homes, said. “Typically, we do pumpkin decorating contests with residents or staff, but this year we were looking for a way to get some community involvement.”

Competing for best in show were teams from the police department with a police car and prison cell jetting out the side of the pumpkin; Echo Hose, with pumpkins laid out like a person on a gurney; and the fire department, with a firefighter using a fire hose carved out.

“We had a good response overall, since we had representation from the Shelton police department, Echo Hose Ambulance, and the Shelton Fire Department," she said. “If we do it again, we would love to get more groups involved."

To see the pumpkins before voting, visit the Wesley Village Facebook page.