Ayers is known as one of the fastest pumpkin carvers in the world, typically taking just over a minute to artfully slice and dice a single gourd.
During the last two decades, the 60-something one-time insurance agent has traveled across the U.S. demonstrating his super-fast pumpkin-carving technique, which he insists is a natural born talent.
Still, he says, Its not always about speed, its about having fun.
Ayers fun has had its drawbacks though. He figures hes developed arthritis in his wrist from carving more than 10,000 pumpkins in the last 10 years.
The pain isnt slowing him down, though. Ayers will be at the Circleville Pumpkin Show Friday (Oct. 21) in Circleville, Ohio, to prove it.
And next year at the pumpkin show, he plans on carving 100 pumpkins in a single day to honor the festivals 100th anniversary.
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