Pumpkin Decorating Contest

The pumpkin decorating contest is a central feature of the Great Cortland Pumpkinfest. Talented pumpkin artists bring their best creations to Courthouse Park, each representing a moment in pop culture history.

Every entry will receive a full-color 11 x 17" poster featuring your decorated pumpkin, and the winners in each category win cash prizes! Learn more about the pumpkin decorating contest below.

Photo courtesy of the Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Kris Reynolds.

Photo courtesy of the Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Kris Reynolds.

RULES:

Decorate your pumpkin (real or hand-made) to resemble your favorite character from books, films, TV or music.

Pumpkins can be decorated with a group, with a friend, or on your own.

Judges will be looking for use of theme, eye-catching color, imagination, originality, and age appropriateness.

Photo courtesy of the Great Cortland Pumpkinfest Social Media Committee.

Photo courtesy of the Great Cortland Pumpkinfest Social Media Committee.

Timing:

Bring your decorated pumpkin to the middle of Courthouse Park between 9AM and 11AM on Saturday, October 7.

Judging takes place at 12 noon. Winners will be announced at 1PM at the Showmobile at the east end of the park.

Pick up your pumpkin and poster by 5PM on Sunday, October 8.

Photo courtesy of the Great Cortland Pumpkinfest Social Media Committee.

Photo courtesy of the Great Cortland Pumpkinfest Social Media Committee.

Categories:

  • Kindergarten-2nd grade
  • 3rd/4th grade
  • 5th/6th grade
  • Group

Prizes: 

  • First Place - $30
  • Second Place - $20
  • Third Place - $10