Auburn's 27th annual Pumpkin Carve to light up Dudley Courtyard Oct. 30

Published: October 22, 2015
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The glow of more than 400 jack-o-lanterns will illuminate the newly renovated and redesigned courtyard of Auburn University's Dudley Hall on Friday, Oct. 30, as students from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction hold the 27th annual Pumpkin Carve.

What began as a studio project 27 years ago has become one of the most celebrated events within the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. The event is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the American Institute of Architecture Students, or AIAS, allowing them to provide other activities for architecture students and the community.

Carving will begin at 9 a.m. and Aubie will show up for photos at 11 a.m. A lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers will be served at noon, and snacks, treats and beverages will be on sale by organizations throughout the day.

All students, faculty, children and the community are invited to come dressed in costume and have their picture taken for the costume contest. All the photos will be judged and winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Winners must be present to receive a prize.

At 6 p.m., pumpkin carving by students from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction will end and the pumpkins will be illuminated. The pumpkins, many with intricate designs and current event themes, will be judged based on creativity, appearance and craftsmanship by judges from the local community and the College of Architecture, Design and Construction.

At 7 p.m., winning pumpkins will be announced and prizes awarded. At 8 p.m., the winning pumpkins will be auctioned to benefit the AIAS.

The Dudley Courtyard is located between Dudley Hall and Dudley Commons, which is adjacent to the Graves Amphitheatre on the Auburn University campus. After 5 p.m., visitors can park in the South Quad Parking Deck, on Lem Morrison Drive and Duncan Drive.

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