28th annual Pumpkin Carve to light up Dudley Courtyard Oct. 28

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The glow of more than 400 jack-o-lanterns will illuminate the courtyard of Auburn University’s Dudley Hall on Friday, Oct. 28, as students from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction host the 28th annual Pumpkin Carve.

Auburn’s chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students invites all students, faculty and community members to gather in the courtyard of Dudley Hall to carve pumpkins. Judges, who include community members and faculty from the college, will select the best pumpkins and award prizes donated from local businesses.

The carving begins at 9 a.m., and all day events include a costume contest and appearances by Aubie. Refreshments include “Halloweiners” and hamburgers at lunch, as well as snacks and treats sold by various student organizations during the day.

Pumpkin carving will end at 6 p.m., and the pumpkins will be illuminated. The pumpkins, many with intricate designs and themes related to current events, will be judged based on creativity, appearance and craftsmanship.

Winning pumpkins will be announced and prizes awarded at 7 p.m. The winning pumpkins will be auctioned beginning at 8 p.m. and proceeds benefit the American Institute of Architecture Students. Other carved pumpkins will be available for purchase for a minimum donation of $5 with those proceeds also benefitting the student group. All purchases are non-refundable and non-tax deductible.

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 parking deck located at Lem Morrison Drive and Duncan Drive. For the Pumpkin Carve 2016 schedule of events, go to http://cadc.auburn.edu/explore-cadc/events/view/231.

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