The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve
In 2016, the aMAZing Pumpkin Carve will officially be bigger than last year!
It’s the second year for the aMAZING Pumpkin Carve… so we’re expanding our artful celebration of the large orange gourd to TWO weekends.
Mark your calendars!
October 7-10, Friday-Monday (An extended Columbus Day holiday weekend)
October 14-16, Friday-Sunday
Interested in getting involved?
We need sponsors, volunteers and talented carvers! Email us now (the sooner the better) at firstname.lastname@example.org and be among the first to get details about this year’s Pumpkin Carve opportunities for businesses, organizations and individuals. Make sure we hold a spot for you!
October 9 – 11, 2015
The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve 2015 was a great success! Thank you for your support!
This year the Hopewell Valley Arts Council teamed up with Howell Farm for a special event, The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve (#amazingpumpkincarve), which featured giant pumpkins artfully carved and embellished by specially selected artists, craftsmen and pumpkin enthusiasts. The carved pumpkins, sponsored by local residents and business, were entered in a contest for prizes judged by distinguished members of the local art community. It was fun to see the array of creative designs, how the pumpkins changed from daytime view to nighttime, and the community and fun that comes from a day on the farm – it was a great fun for visitors of every age!
And the winner is……
The winner of the “Guess the Weight” contest is Giada Toleno.
Giada’s guess was 204 pounds. The actual giant pumpkin weighed 202 pounds!
Howell Farm’s corn maze is a local fall tradition that attracts over 8,000 visitors each year. It is the longest running corn maze in New Jersey, covering four acres with two miles of paths. The 2015 Corn Maze, called “Don’t Be Chicken”, is a game in itself, challenging visitors to answer trivia questions and find puzzle pieces to complete a map which will show the way out. Before or after working through the corn maze at Howell Living History Farm, many appreciated the easy stroll through awesome display of 50 giant pumpkins.
Howell Living History Farm Corn Maze, 17 Valley Road, Lambertville, NJ 08530, is one mile west of the farm’s historic site.
The Howell Living History Farm is owned by Mercer County and is operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. The maze is an annual fundraiser of the Friends of Howell Farm, a non-profit organization that helps the farm through volunteerism and program support.
If you visited The Carve, you will likely agree that ALL of the pumpkins were truly aMAZing! Our panel of judges found it extremely challenging to make their selections…but the winners are:
- Best in Show – Professional Class: Curtis May – Pennington, NJ
- Best in Show – Amateur Class: Tom Cook – Ewing, NJ
- Best Carving: Doug May – Lancaster, PA
- Most Creative Use of Materials: Linda Williams and Gail Cahill – Ringoes, NJ
- Most Original Design: Aleece Davis – Jamison, PA and Carol Snyder – Doylestown, PA
- Honorable Mention: Lori Johansson – Lawrence, NJ
- Honorable Mention: Caroline Hall – Pennington, NJ
- Honorable Mention: Gyuri Hollosy – Titusville, NJ
- Honorable Mention: Susan Roseman – Pipersville, PA
- Honorable Mention: Jonathan Connor, Avery Connor & Gordon Connor – Hamilton, NJ
Thank you to all of our aMAZing carvers! The participating artists are listed below in the order of how they were displayed at The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve.
- Gail Trautz
- Gyuri Hollosy* (Honorable Mention)
- Tatiana Sougakova
- Charlie Yeh
- Will Kasso
- Leon Rainbow*
- Susan Roseman (Honorable Mention)
- James Feehan
- Amy Duckett Wagner
- Liz Folk
- Tom Cook (Best in Show – Amateur Class)
- Ric Stang
- Doug May (Best Carving)
- Curtis May (Best In Show – Professional Class)
- Holly Abbott
- Sarah Bernotas
- Llyana Abbott
- Linda Williams & Gail Cahill (Most Creative Use of Materials)
- NOT CARVED – Used for carving demonstration by Curtis May
- Kanon Shambora, Marissa Beyer & Suzy Ali – For Christine’s Hope For Kids
- Yetzenia Leiva*
- Matt Langille
- Nancy Stark*
- Don Campbell
- Caroline Hall* (Honorable Mention)
- Elvina Bao, Emannuel Nwandu & Scott Meggitt – For The Pennington School
- Ted Berglund *
- Janis Blayne Paul* and Lori Parsells
- Alyssa Staffin
- Rumpelstiltskin Morgan
- Lori Johansson (won Honorable Mention)
- Kate Eggleston*
- Jonathan Connor*, Avery Connor & Gordon Connor (Honorable Mention)
- Matt Frey, Sasha Polakov, & Koushik Gupta – For Eden Autism Services
- Kathleen Sheehan
- John Grubb
- Sarah Daniels
- Evan Stumpf, Ashley Jackson & Christina Levach – For the Hopewell Valley YMCA
- Susan Bartels
- Nancy Shill
- Carolyn Gorham
- Aleece Davis & Carol Snyder (Most Original Design)
- Stan Saperstein for The Hopewell Valley Seniors Foundation
- Ivia Sky Yavelow
- James Kelewae*
- Leonora Kandiner & Tom Cresson
- Mary Watson
- Stephan Quinlan for the Hopewell Valley Youth Chorale
- HVCHS Music & Theatre Parent’s Association carvers
* Was an artist in the Hopewell Valley Arts Council Stampede