Welcome  to the 5th Great Utica Pumpkin Carve!



The 5th Annual Great Utica Pumpkin Carve – a community, family 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.   Our scouts come primarily from low income and refugee families.  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
Evelyn’s House – support program for single unwed new mothers
Hope House (2017 Recipient) & Thea Bowman

Outline of Event:

The Great Utica Pumpkin Carve

3-day event – Thursday, October 4, 5 – 9 p.m.; and Friday, October 5, 5 – 10 p.m.;  Saturday, October 6, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Adult Night: Wine & Beer Friday, 7 – 10 p.m. with live music
Murnane Field –  outside of Donovan Stadium
(35+) Carved Large Pumpkins – local artists / art students
Carving begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday and completed by 8 p.m.
Prizes awarded for 5 categories
People’s choice – Thursday & Friday’s visitors get’s a vote on the best overall carving
Admission: $3.00 per person – max $10 / family
Bounce House
Food – pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, baked goods, candy (it’s Halloween)
50:50 Raffle
Saturday: Chicken BBQ, Zoo mobile, hay rides

Sponsor Levels

$3,000 – Great Pumpkin Level (2 Available)

Naming rights, The Great Utica Pumpkin Carve, brought to you by, “Your Company Name”
Marketing Table on site
Name / Logo on cover of all printed media, mention in any radio and tv spots
Sponsor name on (6) Carvings)
One representative on judging committee
(10) Guest Passes

$1,000 – Jack-O-Lantern Level

Marketing Table on site
Name included in any print media
Sponsor name on (3) Carvings
(5) Guest Passes

$500 – Witch & Broomstick Level

Name included in any print media
Sponsor name on (1) Carving
(3) Guest Passes

$250 – Scarecrow Level

Name included on any print media
Sponsor name on (1) Carving
(2) Guest Passes

$100 – Goblin Level

Name included on any print media
Sponsor name on (1) Carving
(1) Guest Pass

$50 – Friend of the Pumpkin Patch

Name on pumpkin indicates your sponsorship

Prize Categories:

A panel of judges will determine the Winners in the following categories: Best Overall, Most Halloween, Best Use of Pumpkin and Best Student Carving.

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. Qualifying pumpkins will be judged for original size and shape incorporated into the final design. Note: Using pumpkin pieces changes the shape of the pumpkin!

Best Student – same criteria as the Best Overall

There is one additional category:
People’s Choice (spectators vote – awarded Saturday night)

















We have several goals for this event:

Provide a family friendly venue to compliment other local Halloween related events
Build some friendly competition among local artists and businesses
Provide another event that adds to the Quality of life in the Mohawk Valley area
Increase our ability to support to a greater level the nondenominational outreach programs run by Our Lady of Lourdes Parish – to become an even stronger community member through our service to the community
Provide a great venue for our sponsor

For more information visit the Our Lady of Lourdes website or the event website:

or Contact: Ed Gunn at 749-5122

Our Lady of Lourdes Men’s Club

2 Barton Avenue

Utica, New York 13502



The Great Utica Pumpkin Carve is presented by the Our Lady of Lourdes Men’s Club and Sponsored by:

Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church
Oneida County
The City of Utica
Pryputniewicz Paris Hill Potato & More Farms
BOSCAR Electric
Riverhawk Company

Sponsorship Application

Return form and payment to Our Lady of Lourdes Men’s Club by September 8, to ensure placement on sponsorship sign.

____ Yes, I would like to sponsor The Great

Utica Pumpkin Carve at the $___________ level.

I would like to donate to the event in the amount of: $ __________________

Name (as it should appear in print):



State: ___________ Zip Code: _________

Phone: __________________________

Email: _____________________________

Payment should be made to:

Our Lady of Lourdes


Application and payment sent to:
Pumpkin Carve
c/o Our Lady of Lourdes
2 Barton Avenue
Utica, New York 13502
The 5th Annual Great Utica Pumpkin Carve
Thursday through Saturday
October 4 – 6, 2018
Thursday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Murnane FieldCorner of Burrstone Road and Sunset Ave

Link to PDF form Click Here

Cancelled for 2018

Brought to you by:

The Utica Observer Dispatch and BOSCAR Electric Company