4-H Pumpkin-Palooza Has New Look for 2020

Posted October 2, 2020 at 10:19 am     Category: Arboretum & NCSU Extension Service
pumpkins and logos

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The second-annual New Hanover County 4-H Pumpkin-Palooza will be held October 1 through October 26 this year, and will be held virtually due to COVID-19. Pumpkin-Palooza is fun and also engages and raises awareness to youth, families, and the community about the 4-H Youth Program.

Rather than the one-day in-person event held last year, which drew over 1,400 participants, this year’s event will feature a pumpkin photo contest that will run until October 26. Participants can enter as many entries as they wish. All photos entries must be of the participant’s original carved pumpkin (painted for the younger age group).

The 4-H Pumpkin-Palooza Photo Contest Registration Form can be found at newhanover.ces.ncsu.edu/4-h-pumpkin-palooza/

“We may not be able to see all of the talent and creativity of the carved pumpkins in person, but we can see and share through the virtual 4-H Pumpkin-Palooza Photo Contest”, says New Hanover County 4-H Agent J. Scott Enroughty. “With the ongoing pandemic, members of the 4-H Advisory Committee wanted this fun event to continue for our community and families in some capacity that also kept the health and safety of the community a priority, so they voted unanimously to hold the event virtually and have a unique spin with a photo contest.”

Pumpkin photo entries will be viewed on the 4-H Facebook page throughout the month of October.

The 4-H Pumpkin-Palooza Photo Contest categories are: 5-7-year-olds (painted pumpkin); 8-10-year-olds; 11-13-year-olds (middle school); 14-18-year-olds (high school);

Adult I (ages 19-39); and Adult II (ages 40 & up). All entries will be judged, and the first through third place winners per category will be announced on October 30, through New Hanover County’s 4-H Facebook page. First-place winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, sponsored by Studsvik Scandpower, Inc.

The 4-H Pumpkin Palooza Photo Contest is presented by New Hanover County Farm Bureau and Wilmington Compost is sponsoring the re-purposing of carved pumpkins for livestock feed and/or compost. Pumpkins in the contest can be brought to the Arboretum between November 1 and November 4 to be composted.For additional information or questions, call 910-798-7660 or email 4hpumpkinpalooza@nhcgov.com.


carved pumpkins in the dark

Contributed Photo.
A few of the entries from 2019 4-H Pumpkin-Palooza Contest.

youth entry pumpkin with candy corn spikes

Contributed Photo.
A youth entry from 2019 4-H Pumpkin-Palooza Contest.


About 4-H: 4-H is North Carolina’s largest youth development organization, equipping more than 263,000 young people each year with the skills to succeed and improve the world around them. 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to “learn by doing,” helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens. NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University coordinate 4-H programs statewide

NC State Extension is the local and statewide outreach provider of North Carolina’s preeminent research enterprise NC State University. NC State Extension translates research-based knowledge in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, food and nutrition, and 4-H youth development into everyday solutions that create economic, intellectual and societal prosperity for North Carolina.

To learn more about 4-H and/or other 4-H programs in New Hanover County, contact New Hanover County Cooperative Extension office, visit newhanover.ces.ncsu.edu OR contact J. Scott Enroughty, 4-H Agent, at 910-798-7660 or via email at scott_enroughty@ncsu.edu.


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