Pumpkin Carving Contest

A Pumpkin Carving Contest allows your students to express their creativity, while raising needed funds for your organization. In addition, you may decorate the lobby of your school with the winning entries.

Many schools will have winners from each grade, in addition to the Grand Prize Winner. The Pumpkin Carving Contest may be judged by the Art Instructor and other teachers, or used as a fund raiser, where individual student votes cost twenty five cents.

The school will have to decide whether to allow power tools in the carving process, and whether the contestants will have to carve the pumpkins during the carnival.


Here are some simple Pumpkin Carving Contest rules:

a) The main part of each entry must be a pumpkin or a member of the pumpkin family.

b) Pumpkins may not be larger than 2 foot round.

c) No electrical device may be used as part of any entry.

d) Only one entry per student.

e) Each entry must have a title.

f) The entries should be judged on Originality, Creativity, and Quality.


Some carving tips

• Select a pumpkin that is flat on the bottom, so that it will sit up in the correct position.

• It’s best to choose a pumpkin that is not bruised or damaged.

• Integrate the natural flaws in your pumpkin in the design.

• Make a template, and tape it over the pumpkin. Take a nail and punch holes every quarter or half inch.

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