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Post Indiana State Park-inspired Pumpkins on Facebook for Prizes

10/01/2017 - 10:00
10/31/2017 - 10:59

“October is a great time to visit Indiana State Parks, whether for a drive to look at fall color or a weekend to enjoy our fall festivals and Halloween activities,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director of Indiana State Parks. “October is also ‘pumpkin season’ in Indiana, so we’re putting the two together on social media.”

Participants can paint or carve a pumpkin, or decorate it in some other manner, to reflect a favorite state park, or even a favorite family-friendly park activity.

Then snap a photo of the pumpkin or even a selfie with it (no filters, please), and post it on the Indiana State Parks Facebook page with the hashtag #INStateParksPumpkin. Include a short explanation of why you created your particular pumpkin. You’ll be entered in a contest to win a 2018 annual pass, $50 camping gift card, $50 state park inns gift card or 2018 lake permit.

Indiana State Parks Facebook page is

Prizes will be awarded to winners in the following categories:

• Youth Park Pumpkin Challenge Winner: Up to age 12; be sure to include your age in post.
• Grand Park Pumpkin Challenge Winner: Overall challenge winner.
• Best Park Pumpkin: Best “favorite state park” image.
• Best Park Activity Pumpkin: Best illustration of a family-friendly park activity.
• Best Selfie with Park Pumpkin: Favorite selfie/park pumpkin photo (bonus “points” awarded for taking the pumpkin selfie in a state park).

If you don’t want to decorate a pumpkin you can still participate by voting for Youth Park Pumpkin and Grand Park Pumpkin challenge winners. You can vote by clicking on “like” for your favorites. Winners in the remaining categories will be selected by state park staff.

Entries will be accepted from Oct. 1-31. Photos will be placed in albums for voting in early November.

By posting photos, participants agree that their images may also be used across DNR’s other social media platforms.

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Contact Information:
Name: Ginger Murphy
Phone: (317) 232-4143