WOODSTOWN — Meals on Wheels’ Giant Pumpkin Carve marks its 17th year at the Salem County Fairgrounds, Route 40 in Pilesgrove Township on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. Proceeds help Meals on Wheels provide hot meals to elderly and disabled homebound residents of Salem County.
Attracting more than 4,000 attendees from the Delaware Valley, the event has become an area tradition celebrating the fall season in a fun, safe way, and encouraging family participation. As many as 40 professional, amateur and student artists will carve more than 65 giant pumpkins weighing in excess of 70 pounds each.
When darkness falls, the giant gourds take on a life of their own as they are lit one by one. The first 1,000 visitors to visit the pumpkin display become judges who vote to award cash prizes.
“Meals on Wheels relies on community support for the Giant Pumpkin Carve, which helps supply about 10,000 meals to deserving seniors and disabled people,” stated Peg Marshall, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Salem County. “We hope to exceed that goal this year,” she commented.
Amateur and professional artists are asked to volunteer to carve sponsored pumpkins for the event. The carved pumpkin exhibit, which fills two barns, opens to the public at 5 p.m. Carvers should pre-register by contacting Meals on Wheels at 856-935-3663 or email email@example.com or they can download a registration form at www.giantpumpkincarve.com.
Admission is $7 and the event is free for children 5 and under. Free hayrides, a straw maze, bounce house, and a variety of children’s crafts and activities are planned.
A costume contest will be held for children 12 and under. Three winners of the fourth annual Salem County Pumpkin Pageant will be crowned: Junior Pumpkin Princess (ages 5-8), Pumpkin Princess (ages 9-12), and a new category, Pumpkin Queen (ages 13-16).
Musical entertainment from Sound Precision Disc Jockeys will be featured, along with the “Monster Mash” dance contest. Prizes will be awarded for contests. Food service is provided at reasonable prices by Ranch Hope, Inc.; funnel cakes by the local
4-H, baked goods sale by the Fenwick Grange, pumpkin shakes and other food will be available.
The second annual Fall Farmers Market offers a variety of crafts and other vendor items for adults to enjoy, including a basket auction. Farmers Market vendors should pre-register by contacting Meals on Wheels.
Sponsorships also are available, which promote area businesses while supporting Meals on Wheels’ meal delivery services for seniors and disabled people. To sponsor a pumpkin for $125 or sponsor in other ways, or to register for the Farmers Market, please call (856) 935-3663, email firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit www.giantpumpkincarve.com . Downloadable registration forms are available.
Giant Pumpkin Carve Event Schedule–Fairgrounds open to the public at 5 p.m.
Admission: $7 donation – Children 5 and under are Free.