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The carving of the gourds begins in Kenova for Pumpkin House

The Herald-Dispatch

Members of the West Virginia Army National Guard and other volunteers help set up the Pumpkin House on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Kenova.
(Herald-Dispatch photo by Lori Wolfe)

KENOVA, W.Va. — Volunteer crews have begun carving the 3,000 pumpkins at 748 Beech St. in Kenova that will go on display this week to turn the normal residence into the renowned Pumpkin House.

Owner Ric Griffith received the pumpkins earlier this month. Now, thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, between 400 to 500 pumpkins are carved and placed each day.

Each pumpkin will have a design drawn on it before volunteers arrive, making the process quick and efficient. The careful sculpting allows each gourd to last about a week.

Photo slideshow of pumpkin prep

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