Saturday Oct 18 2008 comments The Auburn Community Festival By: Photos by Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal -A +A Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalAll the costume contest parade participants await the results. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalDixie Marino of the "Sugar Plump Fairies" helps lead the Costume Contest Parade. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalAs monkies with bananas, 19-month-old twins Alexandria and Madeline Mendonsa won the "Funniest" costumes in the 0-4 year-old category in the Auburn Community Festival Costume Contest. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalWith the help of his dad, William Lardner, 9, of Auburn, won the "Scariest" category in the 5-9-year-old division. Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalWith the help of festival volunteer Luke Matthews (right), 4-year-old Joshua Shuttleworth decorates a pumpkin at the "Pumpkin Patch" on Saturday. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalPaige Rothe helps Jordan Shuttleworth, 6, decorate her pumpkin. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalDecorated pumpkins line the Pumpkin Patch at the Auburn Community Festival, waiting for their owners to retrieve them before they leave. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalWinners of "Most Original" in the 15-and-older division, Amy Powell and 2-year-old Teagan as "Me and My Little Fish." Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalAdele O'Brien examines the "Guardin' of the Gourds" scarecrow exhibit with her granddaughter Haley McKee. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalCody Gray, 3, watches with delight as the wheel he turns makes the crows move in "The Crow Grower" scarecrow exhibit. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalWith the bet that they won't outweigh this year's winning pumpkin, The Sugar Plump Fairies come in at 1,027 pounds. Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal"The Crow Grower," created by 18-year-old Dustin Rhoades, won second place in the Open Category of the Scarecrow Contest, as well as People's Choice, netting Rhoades nearly $2,000 in prize money. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalThird place winning Open Category exhibit, "Dancing With the Steers," created by Lindsay Barr and Melinda Fuller. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalTwo-year-old Salvedor Turkie works with Luke Matthews to decorate his pumpkin. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalForest Hill resident Kelly Hack holds her daughter, 1 1/2-year-old Caitlyn, as she feeds an alpaca a leaf. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalNancy Holland of the "Sugar Plump Fairies," a non-profit organization that raises funds to "help children fulfill artistic dreams by providing scholarships for all forms of the arts." Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalVisiting from Sparks, Nevada, Jeffry Wilhelm, 9, gets a dragon painted by Penney the Clown while at the Community Festival. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalKassie Kesseler after getting her face painted by Penney the Clown at the 12th Annual Auburn Community Festival on Saturday at Recreation Park. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalWith several air-filled slides and obstacle courses offered at the festival, Gabbie Olkowski, 7, tumbles down a slide and races off to the next one. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalWith a pumpkin weighing 1,061 pounds, seven-year-old Audry Warren wins the Open Category in the Giant Pumpkin Contest at the 12th Annual Auburn Community Festival on Saturday, beating out her nearest opponent by 173 pounds and shattering the previous record. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalThe crowd grew as the event neared the final weigh-in to determine who would win the Giant Pumpkin Contest. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalAfter working on the exhibit for nearly seven months, Mason Sage won first place in the Youth Category of the Scarecrow Contest with his exhibit, "Something Out of Nothing." Mason collected his material from the Auburn dump. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalThe other (Group) Youth category winner, "The Magical World of Tim Burton," presented by Placer Hills Discovery Club. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalAfter entering the Scarecrow Contest for seven years, Trish Schreiber won first place in the Open Category with "Mr. Acorn." Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalPumpkins from the youth division in the Giant Pumpkin Contest. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalOne of the Group Youth category winners, "Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!" present by Mrs. Hyatt's Kindergarten Class. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalWith her mom Tanya, 3 1/2-year-old Aurora Hanrihan celebrates winning the Youth Category in the Giant Pumpkin Contest on Saturday. Tanya says that Aurora sang to the pumpkin everyday tp help it grow to its winning weight of 744 pounds. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalWith the help of a fork lift, Elk Grove's Ken Mitchell moves his 755 1/2 pound pumpkin to the scales. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalRichard Trentz reacts as his 784 pound pumpkin puts him, temporarily, in the lead in the Giant Pumpkin Contest. Trentz, whose granddaughter, Aurora Hanrihan won the youth division, finished third in the competition. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalWith look in her father's direction, Randy Warren (who finished fourth in the contest), Audry Warren gasps upon finding out that her pumpkin has won. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalPenney the Clown paints spooky pictures and scenes on kids' faces on Saturday. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalKassie Kesseler, 5, sits patiently as Penney the Clown paints a haunted house on her face. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalGenevieve and Steffan Smith of Cool examine the Tim Burton scarecrow exhibit, which depicts characters from one of their favorite movies, "The Nightmare Before Christmas."