Giant Pumpkin Carving Contest 2016

Time goes by so fast… it was almost one year ago when I got a call from Jucker Farm, a place that hosts some of the biggest pumpkin events in Switzerland and even Germany.

They asked me if I wanted to step in for a pumpkin carver who canceled his participation at the Pumpkin carving contest. That really came as a surprise!

Here is a short movie covering the event:

Jucker has  family events throughout the year, and I was at the farm earlier that year to meet Ray Villafane, one of my pumpkin carving idols. Unfortunately I was a day late, but as I was there anyway, I thought I might show them some of my carvings, in case they needed some people to inspire the other hobby carvers at the family weekend events.

I must say that I was a bit intimidated, competing with internationally accredited carvers when I hadn’t even carved one giant pumpkin at all. And on short notice as well. Anyway, after some thinking I agreed and went to that contest, what could probably go wrong.

When I arrived at the site, the place was bursting with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

I also got to meet the contestants from the Netherlands, Germany, Russia and Czechoslovakia, all very nice people!

After agreeing on the pumpkins (there were 6 really really big ones), we startet carving. Soon after that, the first festival visitors appeared. The visitors were the ones voting for their favorite pumpkin.
I didn’t have any idea what my pumpkin was gonna be in the end, but after a short period of time it began to develop into  a lion/cat/dragon creature head.

In the afternoon the contest was over and the winners were declared.

Click here to check out the Jucker web link covering the event (opens in new window)

I was really thrilled to reach the 5th place of 6, but maybe that was also due to some luck, because Galina (she scored sixth) had to deal with a really hard and stubborn pumpkin.
Maybe I also should have left the snot, as my wife advised…

Here’s a gallery of my contestants pumpkins

I don’t know if I’m gonna be invited again this year, maybe I should practice some.

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