You might think that's a ridiculous statement, but let me explain. I go above and beyond. I do research. I do practice pumpkins before the competition. I don't mess around, folks. Yet every year we get judges that just don't quite get it.
They might pick a pumpkin because they "like the theme". THIS IS NOT A THEME COMPETITION, PEOPLE!!! We're looking for the BEST pumpkin. Not some little cutesy pumpkin anyone can do. We're looking for an impressive work of art.
Let me use some photos to help explain. The first year, 2006, we carved an alien spaceship. Now, this is the worst of the pumpkins we have carved, and the photo is terrible, but I'm still including it:
And yes, that is Miguel, who always manages to get into every photo.
That year, we lost.
The next year we stepped it up several notches. We carved BILL COSBY. First of all, who doesn't love Bill Cosby? Second of all, if you can carve a person's face on a pumpkin and people can tell who it is, you should automatically win. The second one is Bill Cosby, and the others are the other pumpkins in the competition. The pumpkins that won instead of mine.
That year, we lost again.
And finally, last year, we went with the whole presidential election thing and carved one of the candidates: