The Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s Third Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve will feature the astounding creativity of 50 of the region’s best artists carving 50 gigantic pumpkins. This family-friendly autumn spectacular will be held in it’s new location, Woolsey Park, from Wednesday, October 11 through Sunday, October 15.

Visitors of all ages will be wowed by the 150-pound sculptures and will enjoy food truck faire. Activities and special events will include evening storytelling around fire pits with s’mores kits and cider, “guess-the-weight” giant pumpkin contest, paint-a-pumpkin craft tent, Hopewell Township history kiosk, fun photo ops, and more!

The fall-themed images of amateur and professional artists will be on display in the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s first annual photography show at the Amazing Pumpkin Carve.

“The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is a wonderful opportunity for the Hopewell Valley Arts Council to showcase the creativity and talent of our local artists, to celebrate with our families and our community, and enjoy a beautiful time of year in this special place,” said Carol Lipson, President, Hopewell Valley Arts Council Board of Trustees.

“This year’s Carve really is a community-wide celebration,” she continued, “On Saturday, we’ve partnered with the HV Uniformed Firefighters Association to present Fire Safety Day, and we’ve joined with the HV Historic Preservation Committee for the rededication of Woolsey Park.”

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is much more than a jaw-dropping display of artistic talent etched in enormous pumpkins.

Special events begin Friday night with a sneak peek for HV Arts Council members and sponsors and then the Carve opens to the public at 7pm with three performances of The Pennington Studio’s rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Saturday will kick off with a dedication ceremony for the renaming of Woolsey Park (formerly Alliger Park) and salute to Hopewell Valley’s first responders at 9 a.m. The Third Annual Fire Safety Open House will follow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don’t miss fire trucks, safety demonstrations, K-9 dogs, a helicopter landing, and a walk-through fire safety house built from hay bales!

On Sunday, Hopewell Valley Arts Council will auction off the artistic pumpkins, giving bidders an opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind temporary work of art.

Don’t miss it! The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is open for only 5 days: Wed.-Sun., October 11-15 at Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ. Entry to the pumpkin viewing tent: Adults, $10; Ages 11-18, $5; Under 10, FREE. Hours and activities vary, so please check out the HV Arts Council’s website for details:

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. Ticket proceeds benefit the HV Arts Council, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and go toward artist-carvers’ honoraria and to fund other arts-related programs of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.



Five days only: Wednesday, October 11 to Sunday, October 15

New Location: Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ

Pumpkin Tent entry: Adults, $10; Ages 11-18, $5; Under 10 FREE

Hours, Activities, Details & more:

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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