The pumpkins below should inspire you to enter the State Farmers Market’s Great Pumpkin Contest, which will give cash prizes to the largest pumpkins as well as the most creatively decorated. At the very least, drop by the market in Raleigh to see the gourds. I remember last year there was a pumpkin decorated as an owl that inspired me to do a fancy jack-o-lantern of my own (i.e. one step beyond the usual eyes and crooked grin).
And be on the lookout for the enormous pumpkins competing at the Fair in the Expo Building!
Pumpkin art photo by Charlie of Raleigh.