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Barack O' Lanterns change up the Halloween scene
by Krystal Bick
Oct 24, 2008 | 604 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Krystal Bick - Kim Cruz, a volunteer for the Obama campaign, carves a pumpkin to be included in a group pumpkin sign to read: "Vote Early." The sign will be displayed at Obama's rally at Peccole Field today.
Tribune/Krystal Bick - Kim Cruz, a volunteer for the Obama campaign, carves a pumpkin to be included in a group pumpkin sign to read: "Vote Early." The sign will be displayed at Obama's rally at Peccole Field today.
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With the fall weather on its way and Halloween just around the corner, the election season is getting some holiday spirit — with Obama-lanterns.

Called the "Carve for Change" group, eight Sen. Barack Obama campaign volunteers carved pumpkins Friday afternoon in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union at the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

The volunteer-based effort has been showing up on doorsteps and porches all around the country, with people submitting photos for the most original Obama-designed pumpkins contest at www.yeswecarve.com.

Pushing for early voting, the university based group carved 12 pumpkins to spell out "Vote Early" and several others with the popular Obama sun-over-the-horizon logo and another with "Obama-Biden 2008" written on it.

"I've been a volunteer since August for Obama," said Kim Cruz, a graduate student at UNR, while carving out a letter on a pumpkin. "I believe in him and I'm willing to get messy for him."

And with piles of pumpkin seeds and insides thrown about, the carvers got messy, with several passing students coming by to check out the pumpkins.

"It's fun and it gets people involved," said Teran Winter, a journalism student at UNR. "And it gets more exposure for Obama."

Jeff Giertz, Nevada deputy communications director and organizer for the local "Carve for Change" event, said the event comes at a perfect time with Obama's rally today at Peccole Stadium.

The "Vote Early" pumpkin message will be on display for the Illinois senator at the baseball field, Giertz said.

"It's the Halloween season so what better way to get out the vote than via pumpkins?" Giertz said. "And it's a fun way to get the early vote out."

Early voting lasts until Friday. For a complete list of hours and locations, visit the Washoe County Voters Registrar Web site at www.washoecounty.us/voters.

For more information about the "Carve for Change" group or for pumpkin stencils, visit www.yeswecarve.com.
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