Tennessee Aquarium Carving Up A Super Start To ODDtober

Underwater Pumpkin Contest Is Thursday

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - by Thom Benson
Superman competing in the pumpkin carving contest
Superman competing in the pumpkin carving contest

The Tennessee Aquarium will kick off the month of ODDtober with an underwater pumpkin carving contest. Two costumed divers will enter the depths of the Aquarium’s “Nickajack-a-Lantern” Lake exhibit and carve pumpkins while huge alligator gar and monstrous bass swim by. 

After the competition is complete, the public will vote for a winner when photos of both pumpkins are posted to the Aquarium’s Facebook page. 

This event will lead off ODDtober, an entire month focused on the weird and wonderful side of nature. Guests will explore the wonderfully weird behaviors and adaptations of creatures from around the world through special weekly programs, keeper talks and dive shows. 

Underwater pumpkin carving is part of the 2015 October schedule with carving displays each Saturday at 11 a.m. in the River Journey building. (However, the Thursday event will be the only competition-style event.) 

The pumpkin carving contest will be Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Tennessee Aquarium River Journey building (Nickajack Lake exhibit). 

Mr. Incredible competing in the pumpkin carving contest
Mr. Incredible competing in the pumpkin carving contest


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