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Pumpkin Decorating & Carving Contest

Pumpkin Decorating & Carving Contest

Carving a pumpkin for Halloween? You might as well enter our second annual virtual Pumpkin Decorating & Carving Contest! Individuals, teams, or families can enter by emailing at least two photos of their entries to contest@smfpl.org by 5 PM October 23. Entries will be judged by library staff, who will award $30 Amazon giftcards to the top adult, teen, and children’s entries.

Who can enter? 
All ages—adults, teens, tweens, and children

What’s the theme?
Your pumpkin can have any theme, as long as it is “family-friendly” (suitable for all audiences).

What are the rules?
Any size pumpkin is permitted. Pumpkins may be carved, painted, or otherwise decorated. Please only submit a pumpkin that you or you and your team have personally decorated. Winners must be able to pick up their prize in person at the library. One entry per person or team.

How do I enter?

  • Email at least 2 photos of your entry to contest@smfpl.org
  • Remember to give your pumpkin a title
  • Tell us your name. If submitting as a team, please include all team members’ names
  • Tell us what age category you are entering*: Children, Teen, or Adult
  • If submitting as a team, choose the category of your oldest team member

When is the deadline to enter?
Email your photos between Mon., October 17 and Sun., October 23. All entries must be received by 5 PM on Sun., October 23.

How will the entries be judged?Library staff will serve as judges. They’ll be evaluating creativity in how the pumpkin is used, originality, craftsmanship (respective to the entrant’s age), and theme. $30 Amazon gift cards, courtesy of the Friends of the Library, will be awarded for each of the three age groups – Children (up to age 11), Teen (ages 12 - 17), and Adult (ages 18 and up).

Will there be a People’s Choice?
Yes! A photo album of all entries will be posted on Facebook on Mon., October 24. The photo that receives the most “likes” by 4 PM on Wed., October 26 will win the People’s Choice Award.

How will winners be announced?
Winners from each category and the People’s Choice will win $30 Amazon gift cards and will be showcased on the library’s social media on Thurs., October 27.

If I win, how do I get my prize?
Physical prizes of Amazon gift cards will be available at the Drive-Up Window or at the Checkout Desk for winners to pick up.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 Show more dates
12:00am - 11:59pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
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  Adult Program     Childrens Program     Contest     Teen Program  

Event Organizer

Lydia Gamble

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