I found a News & Observer blog post …

I found a News & Observer blog post that confirms that the Barrel Monster I saw at the State Fair was indeed created by Joe Carnevale, the creator of the original, whose career seems assured. In fact, he apparently created two new Monsters for the Fair; the blog post shows a picture of one I didn’t see (I saw the one at Gate Nine).

The post also includes a photo of the Barrel Monster entry in the pumpkin-decorating contest, and credits ten-year-old Spencer Mangum with its creation.