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Pumpkin Carver Information

The Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve Festival is back for year two! This competition brings together 50 pumpkin carvers of all abilities from beginners to master carvers and every level in between. The competition is the feature event of music, family, friendly activities, food, art and a grand illumination of jack-o-lanterns.


  • First Place - $50
  • Runner Up - $50
Best Technical Skill:
  • First Place - $50
  • Best Runner Up - $50
Most Creative:
  • First Place - $50
  • Runner Up - $50
All entries will be considered for the following Grand Prizes:
Best Overall (selected by the judges) - $100
People’s Choice (selected by the public) - $100

REGISTRATION fee is only $15 and includes:
  • One (1) randomly assigned pumpkin ranging in size from 150 lbs. - 300 lbs.; and
  • One (1) carving/display area (approx. 8’ x 8’) with hay bales to be used during carving and festival display times; and
  • Event admission wristbands for the carver and members of the team identified at the time of registration for the carving.
CARVER CHECK-IN and COMPETITION TIMES AND DATE: Carvers can begin to check-in at 4:00PM. Carving will take place on-site in your carving/display area on Friday, October 18th from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
JUDGING TIMES AND DATE: Judging will take place beginning at 9:00 PM Friday, October 18th and results will be announced that night.
There are only 50 carver spots that will be awarded on a first-come first served basis so you are encouraged to complete and submit your online application as soon as possible.
Carver Application and Fee

Amazing pumpkins!

Pumpkin Carving Kit!

Pumpkin Carving Kit!

Click here to find out where to get this carving kit! 
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