Sometime between the snow Friday night and Saturday afternoon’s clouds the weather turned beautiful.
Beautiful, that is, for pumpkin picking.
For a few sunny morning hours, a swarm of children and their parents, as well as a number of orange-clad PTO members from Jackson Elementary School, picked through pumpkins, had faces painted — a swarm of light-blue and pink butterflies could be seen across the square — and snacked on baked goods prepared by elementary school parents.
But the highlight of Jackson Elementary’s 42nd annual pumpkin sale and fundraiser was clearly the big orange gourds, dropped off by a bus carrying 20 bins full of various cucurbita.
For the youngest pickers, what makes the perfect pumpkin was up for debate.
“I wanted this one because it was bigger,” said Jack Abraham, 5.
He and his younger sister, Maeve, who is almost 2, both had pumpkins. Jack’s, as you may have guessed, was bigger. That didn’t stop Maeve, who held up five fingers when asked how old she was, from trying to pick up a watermelon-size pumpkin of her own.
But there were other reasons why Jack thought his pumpkin was the best: the worts — an unlikely selling point — and colors, mostly.
“This one’s very orange,” he said. “I also like how the stem is a little bit of a different color. I see some yellow, some green and some brown.”
Sage Troxel, 5, also took a go-big-or-go-home approach.
“I just kind of wanted to pick the one that wasn’t too small,” she said.
But like Jack, Sage wasn’t just there for the biggest pumpkin she could find.
“It wasn’t too scratched up,” she said.
Both Sage and Jack were planning to carve their pumpkins. Jack was thinking about making a little cat, maybe with whiskers and a nose.
Sage didn’t really know what she wanted on her pumpkin, but she knew it would be carved.
“My mom’s going to do it,” she said.
If you’re like Sage and need a little help with carving ideas, pick up a copy of the Oct. 9 Jackson Hole News&Guide for some Jackson Hole-themed carvings from the paper's design desk.