Auburn University’s 29th annual Pumpkin Carve lights up Dudley Courtyard Oct. 27

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A school built on long-lasting traditions, holidays at Auburn University mean the return of beloved annual events and celebrations. Students, faculty and members of the Auburn Family will gather to create more than 400 jack-o-lanterns at the College of Architecture, Design and Construction’s 29th annual Pumpkin Carve at Dudley Hall on Friday, Oct. 27.

With pumpkins glowing in a sea of orange light, judges will select the best designs and award prizes donated from local businesses. The judging panel will include community members and college faculty. Hosted by the Auburn University American Institute of Architecture Students, or AIAS, the annual carving in the courtyard of Dudley Hall is a much-anticipated fall event.

Carving begins at 9 a.m., punctuated with all day events such as a costume contest and appearances by Aubie. Refreshments include hot dogs and hamburgers at lunch with various snacks, treats and beverages sold by college organizations during the day.

The pumpkin lanterns will be lit at 6 p.m., which marks the end of carving. The judges will evaluate the designs based on creativity, appearance and craftsmanship. Pumpkins often feature current event themes and artistic detail.

Prizes will be awarded and winning pumpkins will be announced at 7 p.m. along with winners of the costume contest, who must be present to win. At 7:30 p.m., the winning pumpkins will be auctioned to benefit the AIAS. Other carved pumpkins will be available for purchase for a minimum donation of $5 with those proceeds also benefitting 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 and Duncan drives.

The College of Architecture, Design and Construction will be live on Facebook and Instagram at @au_cadc. A complete schedule of events is available online.

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