Delaware State Fair, Biggs Museum partner for new festival

The Delaware State Fair and the Biggs Museum of American Art have announced that they will partner for The Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve Festival.

The festival will take place at the fairgrounds, indoors at the Quillen Arena, in Harrington on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27. Creative pumpkin carvers, of skill levels ranging from first-time carvers to seasoned pros, are invited to come and carve pumpkins provided by the event. Families can check out a Pumpkin Trail of 50 amazingly carved pumpkins, each weighing from 150-300 pounds. 

Carving begins at 6 p.m. on Friday. Spectators are welcome to attend. Besides watching giant pumpkins being transformed into works of Halloween art, festival patrons can enjoy walk-through haunted barns (one themed for young children and the other for teens and older patrons), hayrides, kids' activities including miniature pumpkin decorating and more. All pumpkins will be on display after carving.

RV campers are also encouraged to attend and participate in a campsite decorating contest. For those 21 and over, seasonal craft beers, wines and ciders will be served. Everyone is encouraged to come wearing their Halloween costumes.

Proceeds benefit program development at both Biggs Museum of American Art and The Delaware State Fair. 

“There is nothing like this in Delaware and we are really excited to host this fun-filled family weekend in partnership with our friends at the Biggs Museum," said Bill DiMondi, Delaware State Fair General Manager.

Interested in throwing your hat in the ring and becoming an event pumpkin carver? Carvers can include individuals or groups, including families and coworkers. Carving opportunities are limited to the first 50 carvers who apply.

“Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just love carving pumpkins, we invite you to participate in this exhibition – but don’t wait too long, there are only 50 pumpkins available to carve!” said Biggs Museum Executive Director Charles Guerin.

Local businesses are also invited to sponsor one of the giant pumpkins being transformed into a work of art.

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