The Lubbock Memorial Arboretum is accepting pledges for Lubbockites wanting to submit a carved pumpkin in the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Trail.

The parks and recreation’s department has set a goal of 2,000 or more pumpkins for this year’s walk. Last year, 1,553 pumpkins were displayed to over 10,000 guests. 699 pumpkins are already pledged.

If you would like to pledge to donate a carved pumpkin, call 767-3796. Groups submitting 10 or more pumpkins will have a sign displayed with their name or logo posted on it. Volunteer groups are also needed to work the event.

Pumpkins should be carved no earlier than October 17th so they don't decay before the four day event ends. Jack-o-lanterns should be appropriate for children of all ages. The carved pumpkins can be dropped off Wednesday October 19th from 7:30 to 8:00pm at the Arboretum at 4111 University on the east side of the parking lot.

The 3rd Annual Pumpkin Trail will be open from October 20-23, 2011 at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum in Clapp Park.  Pumpkin lighting begins at 5:30 p.m. with evening hours from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday and 6:00-10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. You can also visit the Arboretum and unlighted pumpkin display from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Friday-Sunday, October 21-23.

Trail entrances are at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum at 4111 University and the Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center at 4215 University, with parking behind Hodges Community Center and at the Garden and Arts Center. Buses will transport guests who park at Safety City located on the east side of Clapp Park at 46th Street and Avenue U.