Autumn is in the air and pumpkins are on the poles in downtown Littleton, thanks to the nearly 30 merchants who participated in the annual Halloween-themed Pumpkin Pole celebration that is …
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Autumn is in the air and pumpkins are on the poles in downtown Littleton, thanks to the nearly 30 merchants who participated in the annual Halloween-themed Pumpkin Pole celebration that is part-competition, part-holiday spirit and part-advertisement opportunity.
In the absence of Carol Alvarez from In-Tea, who organized the event but is currently overseas, Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants Association President Greg Reinke offered the lowdown on the contest and its winners.Bradford Auto Body and Adelitas Cocina y Cantina took first place with their Sesame Street-themed pumpkin pole outside of The View House at Main Street's west end. “It’s a great welcome for us," said Marisa Vera, proprietor of Adelitas, the Mexican restaurant that recently opened in the space vacated by Merle's. "We’re just excited to be a part of it — and part of the community.”In second place, a knock-knock joke-themed pumpkin pole was designed by Conservatrice and Colorado Frame, the latter owned by Dave and Margi Drake. The jokester pole stands by their shop.“They’re very fun to do,” Margi Drake said. “We wanted ours to be oriented toward children. Ours doesn’t have any gore — I’m a real wuss.”Two pumpkin poles jointly took third place after a concerted effort in bribery of the judges, scheming and underhanded tactics.“They bribed ‘em! Had a whole dinner for them, it was funny,” Reinke said. “That’s just part of what we do. We just say ‘Hey, cheat to win, man.’ ”
One of the third-place winners has a "Coco" theme after the animated "Day of the Dead" movie and was designed by a team composed of Grand Station Restaurant, Ned Kelly’s Pub and HomeMark. The other winner was a barnyard scene organized by owners of LaVacca, 5 Wellbeing Studio & Spa, and Kate’s.“We bribed them with burritos from Grand Station," Rich Petrone of HomeMark said, laughing. "It was a blast!”
The tongue-in-cheek competition doesn’t come with any sort of award, Reinke said. “The judges even wore those black judge’s robes, and English (wigs).”
The decorated poles will be up through October.
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