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Posted on: October 14, 2020

Community Encouraged to Participate in Great Pumpkin Photo Contest

EAST LANSING, Mich. — In lieu of the annual Great Pumpkin Walk, the East Lansing Downtown Management Board (DMB) is excited to announce an inaugural Great Pumpkin Photo Contest for community members.

Community members are invited to submit up to five photos taken of their family, roommates and/or animal pals in costume (with pumpkins) for a chance to win a prepaid Visa gift card and/or a downtown East Lansing parking voucher. Winning photos may be featured in City of East Lansing and Downtown East Lansing marketing materials - online and in print.

“We hope this fun, new activity will encourage community members to get into the Halloween spirit and have a little fun with their family or roommates,” said East Lansing Community Development & Engagement Manager Amy Schlusler-Schmitt. “We also encourage our winners to use their prizes to support our local businesses in downtown East Lansing.

While photos can be taken anywhere (such as the front porch of a home), the top prize will go to the best photo taken in downtown East Lansing. There will also be a Great Pumpkin Selfie Station at the East Lansing Farmers Market on Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 for those looking for a perfect fall photo scene for their submissions. The market takes place on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court. Contest prizes are as follows:

  • 1st Place, Downtown East Lansing Category* - $300 prepaid Visa gift card and $25 downtown East Lansing parking voucher

  • 2nd Place - $200 prepaid Visa gift card and $25 downtown East Lansing parking voucher

  • 3rd Place - $100 prepaid Visa gift card and $25 downtown East Lansing parking voucher

  • Honorable Mention (eight total) - $25 downtown East Lansing parking vouchers

Community members can learn more and submit their photos at Community members are reminded to please wear a mask when visiting the downtown. Community members with questions about the contest can email or call (517) 319-6931. 

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