5th Annual Somethin’ Pumpkin Coming October 2019

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5th annual somethin' pumpkin cooking contest and festival logoDo you enjoy spending time with family and friends, while cooking? If so, then you don’t want to miss this year’s 5th Annual Somethin’ Pumpkin Cooking Contest and Festival. Developed by N.C. Cooperative Extension to be a part of Cotton Ginning Days, Somethin’ Pumpkin encourages families to connect with local agriculture, as well as to one another. Activities include a cooking contest, pumpkin decorating contest, kids’ activities, and crafts.

Cooking Contest Details

The Cooking Contest includes 8 categories:

  1. Main Dish
  2. Desserts
  3. Miscellaneous
  4. Home Grown
  5. Youth:  ages 8 to 12 – Main Dish & Miscellaneous
  6. Youth:  ages 8 to 12 – Desserts
  7. Youth:  ages 13 to 18 – Main Dish & Miscellaneous
  8. Youth: ages 13 to 18 – Main Dish & Miscellaneous

Entries are judged and displayed as part of Cotton Ginning Days. Cash prizes are awarded in each category:

  • First place – $100
  • Second place – $50
  • Third place – $25
  • Grand prize ($200) is awarded to overall Cooking Contest winner

There is no cost to enter the Cooking Contest.

Cooking Contest registration deadline:  Friday, September 6, 2019 – guidelines and registration forms available here:

Pumpkin Decorating Contest Details

The Pumpkin Decorating Contest includes 3 categories:

  1. Grades K-2
  2. Grades 3-5
  3. Family

Participants decorate a small pumpkin to portray a theme or character from any Maurice Sendak book, such as “Where the Wild Things Are”. Pumpkin entries are accepted September 30th – October 3rd. Find contest details and pick up your pumpkin at participating Gaston County Library locations:

There is no cost to enter the Pumpkin Decoration Contest. Just complete the registration form (available at participating libraries) and return it, along with pumpkin entry, to a participating branch library location from September 30 – October 3, 2019.

Many Thanks to All Sponors & Volunteers

The collaboration among local businesses and community organizations is what makes this event a success. This year’s partners and sponsors include: Bessemer City, Town of Dallas, Farm Bureau of Gaston County, Ford’s Seed Store, Friends of the Gaston County Public Library, Gaston College, Gaston County Public Library, Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, Gaston Travel and Tourism, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, KTC Broadcasting, Lineberger’s Farm, City of Lowell, Minges Printing Company, Mobility Works, NC Extension & Community Association (ECA), Extension Master Gardener Program of Gaston County, WSGE 91.7FM, and What’s Up Shopper. With the support of these partners and sponsors, Somethin’ Pumpkin continues to grow. More than 50 contestants participated in last year’s Somethin’ Pumpkin cooking contest.

More Details

Somethin’ Pumpkin is offered at no cost to the public. To learn more about the 5th Annual Somethin’ Pumpkin Cooking Contest & Festival:

Linda J. Minges – 704.922.2127 or linda_minges@ncsu.edu.

About the 32nd Cotton Ginning Days Festival

Exhibitors from all over the southeast will convene in Dallas, North Carolina on October 11-13, 2019 for the annual ‘crank-up’ of antique steam and gasoline engines and tractors. One of the highlights of the engine show is the operational 1900 single-stand, Continental Cotton Gin and we will be ginning cotton all weekend long during the festival until we are all ginned out! In addition to the engine show, many activities are planned including a Kids County Fair, Heritage Arts Area, Handmade Craft vendors, and Music. So mark your calendars and plan to join GAMTRA and Gaston County Parks & Recreation Department as we present Cotton Ginning Days. As always, the food is good and admission and parking are free.