First person: Prepping pumpkins

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gene Terry has painted pumpkins for the fall festival at Kingswood Methodist Church for eight years.

Gene Terry has spent the last two weeks painting 20 pumpkins for Saturday’s fall festival at Kingswood Methodist Church.

Each of the pumpkins has a different face, and some even have hats.

Pumpkin harvest: I’ve painted pumpkins for the church festival for about eight years. I painted them before that though, probably 25 years now. It’s just something fun to do for fall.

Grandma’s helpers: My daughter and granddaughter helped me this year. It was nice, family fun.

What’s in a face: I’ve accumulated photos over the years and ideas just come to my mind. I pick out the faces before I paint them and buy hats and leaves and things to put on them.

Painting preview: I’m taking advanced painting at Clovis Community College. I’ve been painting since the 1970s. It’s a good pastime, and it brings a sort of satisfaction. It’s something I love to do.

Pumpkin prize: The kids at the festival want to win my pumpkins. They look forward to them. It’s so sweet to see them look at all the pumpkins.

New faces: This is the first year I’ve done a witch. It was fun. My favorite one is a sad one, and the one wearing a beanie. I usually put hats on them, but I couldn’t find straw hats this year.

Club hopping: I’m the treasurer of the Lion’s Club. Me and my husband both help with all the projects we do there. We do fundraisers and things with the schools. We just got done with the Curry County Fair. That was a lot of work but it was fun.

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Liliana Castillo

Fast Facts

What: Kingswood United Methodist Church Fall Festival

Where: East parking lot

When: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday

How much: Free