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Organizers and artists prepare for the 3rd annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Pumpkin designers have been working all summer to make sure the 3rd annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is the largest and most creative event in the nation.

About 20 local artists were hired to create the best jack-o-lanterns in town.

"If I can touch some little old lady and make her smile, that's what it's here for," said Mathew Sciannameo, a seasoned pumpkin artist.  

Fifteen-thousand pumpkins will be displayed on the trail in Iroquois Park.

Travis Reckner's family started the event in Massachusetts 27 years ago.

In 2012, Metro Parks officials thought the event could help raise money for the Metro Parks Foundation.

Reckner was on board, so he moved to Louisville to help start the event.

"I was warned, 'You're going to like it here and never leave,' and sure enough, here we are," said Reckner.

"These are like the elite of the elite. Instead of painting the image on the pumpkins, I tell my artists to make the pumpkin your image. Use the contours.  Those are the ones that are powerful," Reckner explained.

The laughing tree continues to be a "must see" display on the trail.

With an attendance goal of 90,000 people, organizers said the trail takes about 20 minutes to complete, but the captivating designs will likely prolong your journey through the park.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular starts Thursday, Oct. 8, through Monday, Nov. 2.

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