The 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Carving Contest

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

RAPID CITY, SD – It is already time to start brainstorming ideas for the Great Pumpkin Carving Contest sponsored by Arts Rapid City at the 7th Annual Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Expanded categories and more sweet prizes this year raise the stakes and spur the competition. So sharpen your carving tools and get crackin’ on a plan.

Drop off your pumpkin on Fri., Sept. 25, 9 a.m to 5 p.m., for Arts Rapid City at the Main Street Square Offices (512 Main Street, Suite 980) with your $5 entry fee. Please include your name, phone number and the name of your creation.

Pumpkins will be displayed at the Arts Rapid City booth at the north end of Main Street Square at the Pumpkin Festival where everyone can vote for People's Choice and our elite panel of judges will select the other category winners. Winners will be announced at the festival!

• Sprouts (Ages 12 and under)
• Squashers (Ages 13 through 18)
• Gourds (Adult)
• The Patch (Teams/Groups/Organization)

• Best in Each Category = $25 Gift Card Each
Our panel of judges will select one winning pumpkin from each category.

• Most Artful Carving = $50 Gift Card
Judges will determine the most creative work of art overall.

• People’s Choice = $50 Gift Card
Festival goers will vote for their favorite pumpkin overall.

• Most Facebook Affection = Sweet Arts Rapid City Swag
Every pumpkin will be photographed and posted in an album on the Arts Rapid City Facebook Page. The pumpkin with the most Facebook likes by the end of the festival wins! 

Have a question? Email Anna Huntington at or give us a call at 716.7979.

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