The Biggs Museum of American Art and the Delaware State Fair announced they will partner for a new open-air event called the Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve Festival.

Carving will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Quillen Arena at the fairgrounds, 18500 S. Dupont Highway, Harrington. Families can come check out a pumpkin trail of 50 carved pumpkins, each weighing 150-300 pounds. Festival patrons also can participate in walk-through haunted barns — one themed for young children and the other for teens and older patrons — hayrides and kids activities including miniature pumpkin decorating. All are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

The festival will continue into Oct. 27 when the 50 carved pumpkins are displayed in a Halloween-themed holiday setting using hay bales.

RV campers can camp overnight. Campers should come prepared to decorate their campsite and walk away with a prize. Camping details are located at

Local businesses are also invited to sponsor one of the giant pumpkins being transformed into works of art. Great Pumpkin Carve sponsorships are available for $100. Proceeds benefit program development at Biggs Museum of American Art and The Delaware State Fair.

Carving opportunities are limited to the first 50 carvers who apply.

To sign up, visit