Harvest festival carving out spooktacular spread of fun

Calling all pumpkin carvers.

Calling all pumpkin carvers.

The 11th annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival in Armstrong and Spallumcheen is looking for the best of the best – the person who can turn that lowly pumpkin into a fabulous treat, a feast for the eyes.

Four of the North Okanagan’s best amateur pumpkin carvers will square off at a new event this year.

Three rounds of competition will be held: the traditional Jack O’Lantern, 3-D pumpkin carving and a freestyle round where anything goes.

The trick? One carver will be eliminated in each round until the champion stands alone at the end.

The Harvest Pumpkin Festival committee is accepting submissions from anyone who thinks they are the “pick of the crop” when it comes to pumpkin carving.

Submit a short paragraph telling the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce what makes you the best and include a couple of photos of pumpkins you have carved.

Submissions must be received by Oct. 12. Remember to include your name and contact information with your submission.

The top four submissions will be invited to participate in a Carve-Off Friday, Oct. 21, at Askew’s Foods. There are no limits; be creative and original. Pumpkins will be on display Oct. 21-23.

Pumpkins required for the competition will be provided – each carver will be required to supply their own tools.

The prize? Bragging rights of course – and $100 to the first place contestant. Each carver will receive a commemorative T-shirt for the Carve-Off.’

Harvest Pumpkin Festival celebrates arts, culture and families and has grown from a one day event to a festival spanning 14 days that features fun for everyone. It includes demonstrations, treats, entertainment, lawn tractor racing, pumpkin catapult, petting zoo, pumpkin carving, games, family dance and more.

Thanks in part to funding received through the Government of Canada, this year’s event will include  the Carve-Off, a musical performance by Sorella, heritage demonstrations and a medieval feast presented by the Society of Creative Anachronism.

For more information, visit www.aschamber.com or e-mail staff@aschamber.com.