17th Annual Giant Pumpkin Carve 9/28/13
Meals on Wheels Giant Pumpkin Carve is the original Salem County tradition! Get ready for another "frightfully" fabulous night on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Salem County Fair Grounds. About 50 professional, amateur and student artists will transform 65 great gourds into innovative works of art for all to admire, kicking off the Halloween season with magical displays.
An annual autumn event, The Giant Pumpkin Carve offers a fun and safe way to welcome fall and celebrate the agricultural richness of Salem County. About 4,000 people attend and the first 1,000 attendees vote for their favorite pumpkin by 8:00 p.m. when we begin counting ballots. Last year's winners are sure to have competition: Kyle Marley and Steven Rickets, Heather Sakewicz, and Ken Gilcrest all took home prizes for their entries. Professional Artists in 2012 included: Lisa Davis, Ann and Joe Dorety, Deborah Waddington-Smith, and Lisa Marich.
Free "haunted" hay rides, musical entertainment, a variety of children's activities for kids 12 and under including a straw maze built by local Boy Scout Troop 53, crafts, baked goods, crowning of the Pumpkin Princess and more, were all part of the admission. A new Fall Farmers Market featured produce and items from local artists, crafters, florists, and others. Vendors also each donated a giftbasket to Meals on Wheels which was then auctioned off to lucky attendees. Local 4-H clubs sell funnel cakes and display small animals for children to enjoy. Fenwick Grange offers award-winning baked goods and Ranch Hope, Inc. provides food concession.
Proceeds from the gate, sponsorships and donations will help Meals on Wheels of Salem County, Inc. provide about 10,000 hot meals to elderly and disabled homebound resicents of Salem County throughout the year. Meals on Wheels of Salem County, Inc. began in 1977 and currently serves over 40,000 meals each year. What better way to celebrate the bounty of Salem County!
We would especially like to thank the 150 volunteers, sponsors, our Board of Trustees and the many non-profit organizations who spend long hours working on the Giant Pumpkin Carve. This event is a success largely due to your support.
Help us get ready for September 28,2013!
Volunteer, sponsor, donate, attend the 2013 Giant Pumpkin Carve! click here to email us or call (856) 935-3663 and ask for Peg or Christine.