Tyler State Park U/W Pumpkin Carving

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Come join us this Saturday (Oct. 15, 2016) for the Scubadillo Dive Club’s annual Underwater Pumpkin-Carving Contest and Octoberfest Feast at Tyler State Park at the Lakeview Campground (look for our club banners and signs). Weather forecast calls for sunny skies (a few clouds) and a high of 88 degrees – warm for mid-October, but good for diving!

The activities will begin around the Noon hour as contestants begin cleaning out their pumpkins at the Scubadillo event area (look for banners) in the Lakeview Campground. Participants and spectators will then move over to the beach area of the park’s lake and gear up for our contest in the sandy area of the swim area. The dive will begin at 2 PM and contestants will have 45 minutes to create their masterpiece underwater. Great prizes will be awarded for winning pumpkins (Scubadillo members only, prorated memberships available at event).

Rules for this year’s underwater pumpkin carving contest include:

  • Pumpkin theme is “Marine Creatures”

  • Pumpkins can’t be pre-marked before they go in the water

  • All cutting tools are allowed, but have to be used underwater

  • Attachments to pumpkins are allowed, but have to be put in place underwater so the jack-o-lantern must be complete when it comes out of the water

  • One prize per pumpkin, so a buddy team can bring down two pumpkins to enter into the contest individually, or a buddy team can work on just one pumpkin for just one prize

  • Illuminated pumpkins will be judged approximately 7 PM after the sun goes down

We need a headcount for those divers participating in the pumpkin contest, so please email David Prichard at prichdave@aol.com by Wednesday evening to confirm how many pumpkins will be in the water.

The Octoberfest Feast will be held back at our event site at the Lakeview Campground and the Scubadillos will again feature our tasty “Octoberfest Stew” that we had two years ago, plus some brats and hot dogs on the grill. We ask those attending the dinner to bring a side dish or dessert to share with everyone (preferably in the theme of Octoberfest but all is welcome).

There is currently no burn bans in East Texas, so we anticipate having a campfire that everyone can socialize around after our meal and pumpkin judging. If you come early, bring your own lunch/snacks and favorite beverages for the day. Don’t forget a comfy camp chair for everyone in your group. Divers should prepare for water temps in the upper 70s.

Tyler State Park is located approximately 90 miles east of Dallas just north of I-20 and can be a “day trip” for some while others will be camping out at the park or staying in nearby hotel rooms. Each campsite is allowed two tents, so there can be some “sharing” of campsites.