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29 October 2015

Pumpkins and prizes

Spooky happenings have been afoot here at ifour. In the true spirit (see what we did there?) of Halloween, we decided to hold a pumpkin carving competition. The act of carving a 'Jack o' lantern', as they are also known, has been in place for centuries and turnips were the vegetable of choice before pumpkins were readily available. Thankfully we were all able to get our hands on a choice selection of pumpkins and get planning. This turned out to be a highly secretive affair, with team members of ifour not willing to divulge any plans they had for their orange beauties.

The day arrived for the entries to be proudly displayed in our decorated meeting room. We had a brilliant array of designs including a nod to the iconic film Star Wars set to release mid December along with spooky faces, creepy houses and graveyards, skulls, client brand characters (Freddy from Fourex) and even the boss carved a wise ol' ifour owl.

With a great prize up for grabs, it needed a judge of discerning taste to cast their vote on the winner so who better to ask than the lovely Kate Sims from Gradient Creates and a founder of the new Tunbridge Wells WI. With her American roots and love of all things Halloween, she entered into her judging role with excitement and a cup of tea in her hand and creepy music in the background. 

Kate did a fantastic job judging the orange creations and diplomatically gave everyone a special mention for their efforts, including best use of props, creepiest face, most traditional and so on but the overall winner is...

Léonie Sidgwick, one of our ifour Project Managers! Her sugar skull carving was second to none and thoroughly deserved the prize and trophy. She was generous enough to share some of her yummy Halloween treats, including green popcorn but she squirrelled the colouring book and pens away swiftly. She said "I’m thrilled to have won the ifour pumpkin carving competition. I was up against some incredibly creative people in the studio so I’m really pleased that my sugar skull design pipped them to the post.”

Now that the competition is over, we can already here people planning next year's entry so it seems it may be an annual thing!

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