Monday, October 25, 2010

It's the Great Pumpkin Carve

It's the Great Pumpkin Carve, Charlie Brown.  Not to be confused with the Great Pumpkin.  No, this is the Great Pumpkin Carve, which takes place for a mere 3 days the weekend before Halloween on the grounds of the Chaddsford Historical Society. 

Smaller candle lit pumpkins line the path to the entrance, and once inside you see mammoth pumpkins carved with all sorts of intricacies and shading, truly works of art.  Yes, some much more basic than others, but still a "good use of pumpkin."  Each entrant gets a ticket to vote for your favorite, and at the end of the night the "audience choice pumpkin" is crowned.  The rest are judged officially and the winning pumpkins-all locally grown-display their ribbon the remaining evenings.  There are categories like "most artistic, "most halloween," "best use of pumpkin," etc.

We have been going for the last three years, but we had never gone on Carve night.  I am excited to share them with you guys, b/c what says transformation, before and after, or metamorphosis than creating a piece of art?

Get your "ok to muddy up" shoes on, and let's take a walk through!






Isn't this amazing? 




I voted for this cobra.  We have never seen anything like this in the years we've been going, and it really looked great.  I love that this carver put the tealights in the tail.


Such a neat idea!



This one rocked!  From head on it was not effective, and you actually couldn't tell what it was, but from the side...i hoped that the judges look from all angles so this one gets the props it deserves!



At first glance, you're like, whatever, a skull.  But then you see that the eyes are pumpkins, the nose is a witches hat, and the mouth are cats.  So clever!


The entire outside of this pumpkin was shaved to make it white, like Jack Skellington.


A great use of pumpkin, and again something we hadn't seen before.  If you can't tell, it's a BBQ, and there was even a "lid" with a handle.


  This got S's vote, and it just creeped people out at the mention of bedbugs. 


Here is evidence that i am a sucker, b/c yet again i bought something.  This time, instead of a t shirt, i figured i could use this vintage inspired limited edition print as part of my decorations.  Luckily, this free frame came in handy!  Thank goodness i'm hoarding any i come across.  There were so many pumpkins to show you, but i hope you enjoyed some of my favorites!  I love looking forward to this every year, and it is now one of our Halloween traditions.  What are some of your halloween traditions?



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39 comments:

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Those are some cool pumpkins.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Holy cow! That last one is insane! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Those are so cool! I would love to see something like that. We don't have any Halloween traditions. I like the print you got also! Good choice!!

Momma Button said...

I'm just a little sick, and maybe it's from all of the testosterone around me, but the one with the doll arm cracks me up! And the boys have decided that we will be copying the Jack Skelington pumpkin! Thanks for sharing your fun evening with us!

Carolynn said...

Chadds Ford pumpkin carve is the best! The pumpkin "artists" are amazing! Thanks for sharing all the cool pictures:)! If you haven't made it to Chadds Ford Days that is fun too!

Jenny at Henrietta's House said...

These are awesome!! Definitely something to aspire to with our pumpkins.

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Dragonfly Treasure said...

OMG! Incredible!
*hug*deb

Suzanne said...

These are so amazing! I loved looking at them all!

Crazy Garden Lady said...

That cobra one is ace!

I like that it's a little bit scary but not a Halloween cliche.

You should have a crack at it for next year!

Devonay@LumpkinAndMe said...

Wow! I've never seen an event like that. What unique pumpkins! Thanks for sharing.

Orange it Lovely said...

wow. WOW. I need to get to Chaddsford for something other than wine tasting! lol
Too cool..
~Tana

Angela@Quarter Acre Cottage said...

Love all the different pumpkins some people are so talented. Thanks for sharing.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks for the fun tour...I had a great time!

Blessings,
Linda

Beth @ Free Stylin' said...

I think the cobra one is so inventive! One the alien with the arm coming out of it's mouth - oh my gosh! So cool. Thanks for sharing!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Eeek~ I love this! The pumpkins are truly spooktacular!

Jerri said...

Wow! Those are some great pumpkins. I love the one with the owl, and the one with the snake is so unique!

Thanks for the lovely comment on my wreath!

Carri said...

Very cool! New follower

Whimsical Creations said...

Those are incredible!

ceodraiocht said...

That is some serious pumpkin carving - talk about a vision! Thanks for posting.
Maggie
http://coedraiocht.wordpress.com

Rene' said...

Those are crazy good!!!

Sherry said...

Oh my! These are amazing! Wonderful pumpkins!!
Sherry

FairfieldHouse said...

Wow! These remind me of the sand sculpture contests by me each year. Amazed by how creative and talented people are. Thank you for sharing this event. I am adding it to my list for next year!

Deborah

The Brick Cottage said...

Those are the coolest pumpkins I have ever seen!

g.suzie said...

Some people are just so creative, I bet that was inspiring! Does it make you want to do some carving?
Happy Halloween!

Lolly Jane said...

woah! too cool!!

Katie said...

So cool!! Love the cobra and the Jack Skellington :)

Erin@likegrandmas said...

That is super awesome!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

What amazing pumpkins! Thanks for linking up!

AllieMakes! said...

WOW! Very cool! Thank you for sharing your photos of it!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
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Rebecca said...

I just love the creativity of people who do that-wow!

Jami said...

Holy pumpkin carvings, Batman! Those are a.maz.ing!

currentlychic.com said...

Those are amazing!
CC
http://currentlychic.com

Jacqueline said...

Absolutely SPOOKTACULAR and we are so proud of our little Pumpkin Masters ones!

LambAround said...

These pumpkins are amazing! Lol, you do realize that they are putting my Pig-O-Lantern to shame, right? ;)

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Wow! I am awestruck by your pumpkins. Very nice job.

Amie said...

We did Jack Skellington too! :)

http://kittycatsandairplanes.blogspot.com/2010/10/what-i-like-wednesdays-carving-pumpkins.html

Nancy said...

What absolutely amazing carved pumpkins! Wonderful photos...the detail is just incredible!

Thanks for sharing!

Happy Halloween!

The Tablescaper said...

These are simply amazing. Such imagination.

Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Meg said...

So cool! I love those pumpkins. What a great job they did.