Welcome  to the 5th Great Utica Pumpkin Carve!

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The Utica Observer Dispatch and BOSCAR Electric Company



Murnane Field
Corner of Burrstone Road and Sunset Avenue, Utica, New York

The Great Utica Pumpkin Carve - is a pumpkin carving competition.  This is a community event with all proceeds going to support Our Lady of Lourdes Community Outreach Programs.  All funds raised from this event are spent on outreach programs in the Utica community.  Approximately half of the funds raised will help support the Parish Boy Scout Troop which draws teenagers from inner-city neighborhoods in Utica.  These funds are used to provide uniforms, supply the scouts with the gear that they need to participate in scouting activities and help pay for scouting camping trips.  Other programs include:

Christmas Assistance Program

    *  Christmas Assistance Program

    *  Evelyn’s House – support program for single new mothers

    *  Hope House

    *  Thea Bowman

OUTLINE OF EVENTThe Great Utica Pumpkin Carve

3-Day Event:

    * Thursday, October 4th,  from 5 - 9 p.m.

        - Pumpkin Carving runs from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday(Carving demonstrations Friday and Saturday)

        - Bounce House

    * Friday, October 5th, from 5 - 10 p.m.

        - Carving demonstrations Friday

        - Bounce House from 5 - 7 p.m.

        - Wine and Beer  from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

           - You MUST be 21 or older

               - Live Music

    * Saturday, October 6th, from Noon - 7 p.m.

       - Hay Rides from 1 - TBA p.m.

       - Utica Zoomobile

       - Bounce House

       - Carving demonstrations Saturday

       - Chicken Barbeque from 3 - 7 p.m.    

    *  40+ Carved Large Pumpkins – local artists / art students  to carve
    *  Food – Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, soda, candy (it’s Halloween)
    *  Pumpkin Painting (Markers)
    *  50:50 Raffle


    *  $3.00 per person – maximum $10 per family

Competition Prize Categories:

A panel of judges will determine the Winners and Honorable Mentions in the following categories:
*  Best Overall - A clean carving with a high degree of detail using a combination of most skillfully carved, artistry in  design & best use of pumpkin shape & size – Best carving skills.
*  Most Halloween - Includes all traditional Halloween‐themed designs ~ jack‐o‐lanterns, ghosts, goblins, witches etc.
*  Best Use of Pumpkin - Pumpkins that have been carved to their fullest. Using pumpkin pieces changes the shape of the pumpkin!
*  Best Student Entry - same criteria as Best Overall

*  Best Corporate Entry - same criteria as Best Overall

*  People's Choice - awarded on Saturday evening


Our Lady of Lourdes Men’s Club
2 Barton Avenue
Utica, New York 13502

If you would like to help in any capacity, please contact Ed Gunn at 315-749-5122.