If you don’t want to eat them yourself, there are few good uses for pumpkins after they’ve filled their decorative mission brief. 

Faulkner County residents could hold a pumpkin throwing contest or use the holiday gourds to double-check the alignment of their deer rifle sights — or they can donate them to be eaten by elephants as a seasonal treat.

This year, Riddle’s Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary has made arrangements with Simmons First National Bank to provide a good final use for pumpkins, squash, some types of gourds and bales of hay or loose straw that may have been used to decorate for the holidays. These may be dropped off at the Simmons First National Bank Branch at 820 Elsinger Blvd. or, if there are a great many pumpkins or hay bales to be donated, Faulkner County Justice of the Peace Jerry Park has said that he will come by and pick them up. Park can be reached at 472-6050. 

Donations are to be accepted through this week.

Riddles’s Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary was founded in 1990 with the mission of providing "a safe, permanent haven for all elephants requiring sanctuary to ensure that the knowledge and understanding of these endangered species is improved and developed through education, training and study," according to the sanctuary’s Web site, www.elephantsanctuary.org.

(Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238 or by E-mail at joe.lamb@thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)