NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County 4-H Youth Development Program will hold Pumpkin-Palooza, an inaugural pumpkin carving contest and pumpkin walk, in the gardens of the Arboretum on Saturday, October 12, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This new event will showcase the Arboretum gardens during the evening, as families and kids of all ages walk through the gardens and enjoy the many lighted, carved pumpkins and see the koi pond glowing with floating lanterns. Tickets are $5 each (children 2 and under are free) and can be purchased here.
The pumpkins will be carved by local residents, county employees, and businesses through a pumpkin carving contest. All pumpkins will then be placed around the Arboretum for the October 12 pumpkin walk.
There is no cost for individuals to enter the contest; in exchange, participants will receive one free pumpkin walk pass per carved pumpkin. In addition, businesses can enter a carved pumpkin for a $100 entry fee, and receive two free pumpkin walk passes per entry. First, second and third-place ribbons will be given in several categories.
Visit the Cooperative Extension’s website for additional details about the pumpkin carving contest and how to enter.
“4-H Pumpkin-Palooza will be a fun event and a great way to engage everyone in our community, while also raising awareness of our important 4-H Youth Programs, and everyone enjoys a carved pumpkin,” said 4-H Agent J. Scott Enroughty. “Families, businesses, and individuals can all participate by carving a pumpkin and then we invite everyone to join us October 12 to see the carved pumpkins illuminated around the Arboretum.”
The pumpkin walk will include a storyteller from the New Hanover County Public Library, “Mad Scientists” from the UNCW Chemistry Department, spooky creatures from the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, a mini pumpkin-painting station, and other activities. The 4-H Teen Council will have autumn refreshments for sale.
Sponsorship opportunities are available, and all proceeds from the event go to support 4-H programs and scholarships.