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Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year-pumpkin patches, pumpkin beer, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, and Jack o lanterns made from pumpkins! The Golden Hotel and the Bridgewater Grill have a departmental pumpkin carving contest each year in conjunction with their quarterly pep rally- yesterday was the 5th annual!
The pumpkins, once they are carved and decorated, go on display in the hotel lobby with a ballot box for voting. The department with the most votes receives a pizza party. This is a popular activity amongst team members and the community really seems to enjoy voting during Golden’s “Halloween Crazy Days”. Some departments paint their pumpkin, some decorate with props while others prefer to take the more traditional approach. Regardless, the pumpkins add the “feeling of fall” as you enter the hotel.
This year during the pep rally, a new component was added…a manager chili cook-off. The hotel general manager, thought it would be a great addition to the festivities- he was right, I think this may be a new tradition!