live expert

pumpkin carving

This contest is for the expert carver who considers pumpkin sculpting a true art form. Contestants will carve and sculpt their creations in 3.5 hours or less in the midst of the Pumpkinfest activities. Pumpkins will be judged by local Phoenixville artists. The first-place pumpkin wins $350!

Location & Time:

  • Municipal Lot at the intersection of Main St. and Bridge St.

  • Registration 10:30-11:45 am

  • Live Carve Time: Noon–3:30 pm

Rules & Regulations:

  • Only one entry per individual and only one individual per entry. All contestants must carve/sculpt and complete only one pumpkin alone and unassisted.

  • All contestants will provide their own pumpkin (any size, shape or kind), all carving tools, and any other necessary items.

  • All contestants will have 3.5 hours to carve and complete their pumpkins. Contestants must not begin carving until the signal is given at 12:00 pm (noon) and they must stop when the signal is given at 3:30 pm. Contestants may plan or prepare in advance, but all pumpkins must be unmarked at the start time. Any pumpkins with cuts, holes, punctures, or markings of any kind will be disqualified.

  • All contestants are free to carve, create, & design a pumpkin in any manner, category or theme desired. However, RISE reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is offensive or done in bad taste.

  • By entering the contest, contestants accept and agree to these rules and the prize judging process, which shall be final. Entrants also agree to allow Phoenixville Pumpkinfest to use images of the pumpkins for publicity and promotion.

Judges & Prizes:

  • Creations will be judged from 3:30 pm–4:00 pm by local Phoenixville artists assessing design, detail, creativity, and originality.

    • 1st Place—Trophy and cash prize of $350

    • 2nd Place—Trophy

    • 3rd Place—Trophy (tentative based on the number of registrants)


How to Register

  • Register online by Friday, October 21st, or on the day of the festival at an added cost. Minimum of Registrants five registrants and a maximum of 24.

  • Registration Cost:

    • First 5 Registrants—Free

    • Second 5 Registrants (registrants 6–10)—$10

    • Third 5 Registrants (registrants 11–15)—$15

    • All other registrants—$20

    • Register day of Pumpkinfest—extra $5

  • All fees will be paid at check-in, which is 10:30 am–11:45 am the day of Pumpkinfest at the  Competition Information Table located in the municipal lot at  the corner of Main St. and Bridge St.


This contest is sponsored by 
Signature Properties Group