Main Content


Surprised-looking Pumpkin Wins First Orange Pumpkin Blaze

By DOUG FENICHEL, Correspondent | November 16, 2020 | CONNECTICUT

Story No. 111620106

ORANGE, Conn. – A surprised, one-eyed pumpkin won the People’s Choice Award at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s first pumpkin-carving contest.

Adria Boyle won the top prize. She carved the face into the surface of the pumpkin. And just to make it just a little more Halloween-scary, the missing eye – a chunk of stringy pumpkin – sits on the bench in front of the winning gourd.

Other winners included:
• Brynn Panapada, Happiest pumpkin
• Kate Panapada, Cutest pumpkin
• Chloe Clemens, Prettiest pumpkin
• Helene Flynn, Best traditional pumpkin
• Silas Hill, Most hungry pumpkin
• Kaury and Ian Kucera, Most intricate pumpkin
• Zoe Kucera, Most adorable pumpkin
• Melissa Parniawski, Spookiest pumpkin
• Orange Children’s Dentistry, Most unusual pumpkin
• Mia Quoka, Most athletic pumpkin
• Greyson Fatone, Most team spirited pumpkin

Winners received a certificate…and had fun.

“We created this contest to give people a little extra fun during a Halloween season during which the nouveau coronoavirus prevented a lot of traditional activities,” said Rob Panapada, the Orange firefighter who created and coordinated the program. “All the participants said they had a good time. We hope the Orange Pumpkin Blaze will become a new Orange tradition.”

About the Orange Volunteer Fire Association

The Orange Volunteer Fire Association provides fire protection residents and businesses in Orange and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. Members receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues and other emergency services.

Operating strictly with revenues from fund-raisers and donations, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is one of the remaining few all-volunteer incorporated fire departments in Connecticut. Active members are on-call to serve the community on a 24-hour/seven-day basis, responding from stations on Orange Center Road and Boston Post Road.

In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations and training. For information about membership, donations or public education, call (203) 891-4703, click on or find us on Facebook.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.