HARRINGTON, Del. — The Delaware State Fair and the Biggs Museum of American Art announced that they will partner for a new Fall-tastic, open-air event called The Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve Festival.
The Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve Festival is an all-weather Halloween classic in the making that will take place at the fairgrounds under roof in the Quillen Arena. Families can come check out a Pumpkin Trail of 50 amazingly carved pumpkins, each weighing from 150 to 300 pounds. The Biggs Museum and the Delaware State Fair are inviting creative pumpkin carvers ranging from 1sttime carvers to seasoned pros to come and carve pumpkins provided by the event weighing up to a whopping 300 pounds.
The festival will begin on Oct. 26 when the 50 enrolled carvers and their teams meet their assigned pumpkins for the first time and begin carving at 6 p.m. under the watchful eye of festival spectators who are invited to attend. Besides watching giant pumpkins being sliced and diced and otherwise transformed into works of Halloween art, festival patrons can participate in spooky walk-through haunted barns (one themed for young children and the other a little more intense for teens and older patrons), hayrides, kids activities including miniature pumpkin decorating and so much more. Kids and adults are encouraged to come wearing their Halloween costumes.
The festival will continue into Oct. 27 when the 50 carved pumpkins will be on display in a Halloween themed holiday setting using hay bales and creatively illuminated.
“If you enjoy Halloween, The Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve Festival is guaranteed to be something special for families all across the peninsula and beyond. Mark your calendars for thisnot-to-be missed event that has something for everyone in the family,” said Bill DiMondi, general manager, Delaware State Fair. “There is nothing like this in Delaware and we are really excited to host this fun filled family weekend in partnership with our friends at the Biggs Museum.”
The Biggs Museum of American Art (Dover, Del.) is working with the Delaware State Fair to recruit first-time, amateur and well seasoned local pumpkin carvers who always wanted to show-off their talent using pumpkins much larger than the ones residing on mostdoor steps and front porches. For this event, when it comes to pumpkins, think big … really BIG.
Proceeds benefit program development at both Biggs Museum of American Art and The Delaware State Fair.
“We cannot wait to see what sort of inventive designs local artists and community members produce for this exhibition,” said Charles Guerin, executive director, Biggs Museum. “Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just love carving pumpkins, we invite you to participate in this exhibition — but don’t wait too long, there are only 50 pumpkins available to carve.”
The Quillen Arena and the adjacent barns and grounds on the fairgrounds in Harrington will provide the perfect location for this all-weather event. Festival related events beyond the pumpkin carving and related displays will include hayrides, a bonfire, kids pumpkin decorating activities, Delaware made crafts for sale, fall themed food and beverage choices and two versions of haunted barns. The Fair’s Centre Ice Rink will be featuring spooky themed ice bumper cars rides that will appeal to everyone in the family.
For those 21 and over, fall seasonal craft beers, wines and ciders will be served.
For those RV campers out there, you and your family can camp overnight and enjoy both days of the festival. Come prepared to decorate your campsite and walk away with one of several prizes rewarding the spookiest and most whimsical and creative decorating ideas. Camping details are located on the event website, www.delawarepumpkincarve.com.
Interested in throwing your hat in the ring and becoming an event pumpkin carver? Carvers come in all ages and from all backgrounds. Carvers can include individuals, families, or awork group carving team. In order to carve at the festival, you need to apply by completing the online application at www.delawarepumpkincarve.com. In addition to the application form, the competition rules are also posted on the website. Carving opportunities are limited to the first 50 carvers who apply, so please sign up soon.
Local businesses are also invited to sponsor one of the giant pumpkins being transformed into works of art. Great Pumpkin Carve sponsorships are available for $100. Details are available on the event website.
— Delaware State Fair