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Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Valdosta, GA

We invite you to enter your creatively carved or decorated pumpkins for a chance to win fun prizes!

Entries will be displayed along our sculpture gardens’ fountains starting Thursday evening, Oct. 30, continuing through Halloween.

A youth entry & an adult entry will be selected to receive the following awards:

  • Pumpkin Bumpkin – Best Overall
  • Pick of the Patch – Best Overall Carved
  • Picturesque Pumpkin – Best Overall Decorated
  • Jovial Jack O’Lantern – Silliest Pumpkin
  • Ghoulish Gourd – Scariest Pumpkin
  • Pretty in Pink Pumpkin – Breast Cancer Awareness

Rules & Guidelines

  • Entries will be accepted at the Arts Center on Thursday, October 30, 10am – 5pm.
  • $5 entry fee per pumpkin. Participants may enter up to three pumpkins each.
  • Entries will be divided into Youth (14 & Under) and Adult groups for award consideration.
  • The entries will be on display outside the Arts Center starting at 6pm on Thursday.
  • The award selections will be announced Thursday evening around 6:15pm.
  • Costumes are encouraged.
  • All carved pumpkins will be lit using electric tea lights provided by the Arts Center.
  • The Art Center reserves the right to reject any pumpkin deemed inappropriate.
  • The pumpkins will remain on display through Friday evening.
  • Entries may be picked up on Saturday from 10-4, or will be discarded Monday.
  • Prep requirements for carved pumpkins: soak pumpkin in a bleach solution of 1 tsp. bleach per 1 gal. warm water for several hours. This will prevent the pumpkins from wilting.