The Giant Pumpkin Festival has multiple pumpkin and fall themed contests throughout the weekend. There is a contest available to every age group and everyone is welcome to participate, though advanced registration is required for most contests.
Lil’ Pumpkin Cupcake Contest
Children 12 and under are invited to bake and deliver four pumpkin cupcakes of their own creation to the festival and bring a copy of their original recipe. Judges will then sample the cupcakes and hand out prizes to winning contestants.
Pumpkin Recipe Contest
The Pumpkin Recipe Contest is an adult cooking and baking contest held during the festival. Contestants can enter one dish for each category. There will be two categories: sweet and savory. The dishes must utilize fresh or canned pumpkin as a key ingredient.
Artists of all ages may enter the Scarecrow Contest where they will make a display to be displayed in Scarecrow Alley throughout the weekend. The displays will need to follow the Autumn Memories theme. Every year the festival offers a new theme for artists to follow so annual visitors can enjoy new displays.
Youth Art Contest
The Youth Art Contest is split into 3 age groups, ages 3-6, 7-12, and 13-17 and gives young artists ample opportunities to win prizes during the festival. Artworks of all mediums depicting the year’s theme, Autumn Memories, will be displayed in the Art Walk area throughout the festival weekend.