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The entries ranged from the classic to the whacky. It's amazing how many forms a basic gourd can take. Durell Godfrey Photos
A hungry pumpkin monster sitting down for a gruesome meal, at left, and a juggler created by the contest's founder, John Musnicki, both showed off the exemplary skills of pro-level carvers.John Musnicki Photos
Barbara Dayton, left, posed with the creation that won her this year's Master Blade title. At right, a young contestant made some final adjustments before dark.John Musnicki Photos
Gassed up and ready to go, this pumpkin sculpture looks like a VW Bug. Durell Godfrey
Two iconic figures -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, left, and Yoda -- made an appearance in the contest.Durell Godfrey Photos

Louise Pietrewicz, a 38-year-old mother who had been living in Cutchogue, was last seen in her boyfriend's car as they drove away from her family's farm in Sagaponack in October 1966. Then she disappeared. No one knew what became of her for 51 years. The Suffolk Times