LEWISBURG W.Va. (WVDN) – It was a lovely, warm day to spend the afternoon in the gardens of The Historic General Lewis Inn. Aaron and Sparrow Huffman invited the public to carve pumpkins free of charge and win awesome prizes for children and adults alike. A hefty award was up for grabs for adults in the form of a gratuitous bar tab and, for children, a crisp $20 bill. This was their 10th year doing so, and the tradition is a community favorite.
Chris Skillingstad, the general manager, manned the delicious hot cider bar that boasted some golden rum for the adults present. There were scrumptious ginger snap cookies as well.
The children were incredibly creative with their pumpkins; the winner was a haunting “Scream,” resembling a famous Van Gogh painting, and a simple gaping “Ohhh” gourd took 1st place for the adults. Dia de los Muertos skulls, a giant spider web, a pumpkin house with a working door and a depressed, dripping face peeked out of the orange and yellow noggins.
The bees were still very busy in their pollinator gardens, giving way to the coming of winter. It’s always a joy to visit the Inn for such occasions and to carry on traditions that bring family and friends together.
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