The Hopewell Valley Arts Council, creators of the Hopewell Valley Stampede of 69 life-sized ox sculptures crafted by area artists and installed throughout Hopewell Valley, is on the march again, this time in partnership with Howell Living History Farm, bringing massive carved pumpkins to the Howell Farm 2015 Corn Maze, the longest-running corn maze in New Jersey.

From October 9-11, the peak of the 8-week corn maze extravaganza, the Arts Council will mount “The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve,” an exhibition of 50 giant pumpkins, each carved and crafted by area artists and artisans, and sponsored by local businesses and residents throughout the Valley.

The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve will be OPEN Saturday from 12-9 and Sunday from 12-5. For information or updates, call the Corn Maze Hot Line at 609-397-2555Carving Demonstrations between noon and 4 pm. Saturday’s Demo Carvers:  Holly Abbott, Tom Cook and Curtis May

The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve is on the grounds of the Howell Living History Farm Corn Maze, 17 Valley Road, Lambertville, NJ 08530, one mile west of the farm’s historic site.

The Howell Living History Farm is owned by Mercer County and is operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. The maze is an annual fundraiser of the Friends of Howell Farm, a non-profit organization that helps the farm through volunteerism and program support.

Tickets are purchased upon arrival at the Corn Maze/Pumpkin Carve grounds. Come hang out in the Courtyard with food concessions, fun games and activities for the kids and the young-at-heart. Last entry is half hour before the closing times listed below.

Admission: Ages 10 & Up: $5 / Ages 9 & Under: Free (Pumpkin Carve only – purchase tickets separately for the corn maze)
Saturday, October 10: 12 to 9pm
Sunday, October 11: 12 to 5pm

Check out all the pumpkins newly carved and lit up at night. Awards have already been given. See if your favorite(s) won when you go in person this weekend!

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And here are all the artists in action the day-of carving this past Wednesday.

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Update 4:00pm 10/10/15 – the photo galleries have been revised at the request of the Arts Council until the completion of the live event.  

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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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