Saturday Oct 18 2008 comments The Auburn Community Festival By: Photos by Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal -A +A All the costume contest parade participants await the results. Dixie Marino of the "Sugar Plump Fairies" helps lead the Costume Contest Parade. As 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. With the help of his dad, William Lardner, 9, of Auburn, won the "Scariest" category in the 5-9-year-old division. With the help of festival volunteer Luke Matthews (right), 4-year-old Joshua Shuttleworth decorates a pumpkin at the "Pumpkin Patch" on Saturday. Paige Rothe helps Jordan Shuttleworth, 6, decorate her pumpkin. Decorated pumpkins line the Pumpkin Patch at the Auburn Community Festival, waiting for their owners to retrieve them before they leave. Winners of "Most Original" in the 15-and-older division, Amy Powell and 2-year-old Teagan as "Me and My Little Fish." Adele O'Brien examines the "Guardin' of the Gourds" scarecrow exhibit with her granddaughter Haley McKee. Cody Gray, 3, watches with delight as the wheel he turns makes the crows move in "The Crow Grower" scarecrow exhibit. With the bet that they won't outweigh this year's winning pumpkin, The Sugar Plump Fairies come in at 1,027 pounds. "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. Third place winning Open Category exhibit, "Dancing With the Steers," created by Lindsay Barr and Melinda Fuller. Two-year-old Salvedor Turkie works with Luke Matthews to decorate his pumpkin. Forest Hill resident Kelly Hack holds her daughter, 1 1/2-year-old Caitlyn, as she feeds an alpaca a leaf. Nancy 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." Visiting from Sparks, Nevada, Jeffry Wilhelm, 9, gets a dragon painted by Penney the Clown while at the Community Festival. Kassie Kesseler after getting her face painted by Penney the Clown at the 12th Annual Auburn Community Festival on Saturday at Recreation Park. With 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. With 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. The crowd grew as the event neared the final weigh-in to determine who would win the Giant Pumpkin Contest. After 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. The other (Group) Youth category winner, "The Magical World of Tim Burton," presented by Placer Hills Discovery Club. After entering the Scarecrow Contest for seven years, Trish Schreiber won first place in the Open Category with "Mr. Acorn." Pumpkins from the youth division in the Giant Pumpkin Contest. One of the Group Youth category winners, "Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!" present by Mrs. Hyatt's Kindergarten Class. With 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. With the help of a fork lift, Elk Grove's Ken Mitchell moves his 755 1/2 pound pumpkin to the scales. Richard 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. With 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. Penney the Clown paints spooky pictures and scenes on kids' faces on Saturday. Kassie Kesseler, 5, sits patiently as Penney the Clown paints a haunted house on her face. Genevieve and Steffan Smith of Cool examine the Tim Burton scarecrow exhibit, which depicts characters from one of their favorite movies, "The Nightmare Before Christmas."