The Antelope Valley Desert Divers (AVDD) on Oct. 24 will present their annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest from 9 to 11 a.m. at Palmdale Oasis Park Pool, 3850 East Avenue S (adjacent to DryTown Water Park).

The fee is $6 per person with first-, second- and third-place prizes awarded in two categories: 1) underwater carving for certified divers ages 10 years and up; 2) poolside pumpkin art with magic markers for children 5 to 10 years.

All participating divers must be in possession of their certification card before being allowed to dive. Divers should bring their own gear and air tank, because the limited supply of SCUBA equipment will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pre-cleaned pumpkins and carving equipment will be provided. Pumpkins must be carved with the carving implements provided; those carved underwater must be completely finished while submerged.

A special “SCUBA Experience” class will take place at 9 a.m. for persons who are not certified to dive, but would like to learn. Participants must be 10 years and older and bring a bathing suit and towel. Participants 18 years and under must have a parent or adult guardian present.

For more details, visit www.avdesertdivers.org, email AVDD President Mike Orlando at scubaguymike@gmail.com, or call (661) 267-5611.