2020 Somethin’ Pumpkin Plans Underway
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Somethin’ Pumpkin is all about festival, family fun! From a cooking contest to our pumpkin decorating contest, it’s all about “somethin’ pumpkin” and includes activities for the whole family. Activities encourage individuals to connect not only with each other, but with their community through local agriculture and community programs.
2020 Event Update
Plans are underway to host both the cooking contest and pumpkin decorating contest, while making modifications to ensure social distancing guidelines for COVID-19. Events held will comply with all requirements in the Executive Order issued by Governor Cooper and NCDHHS Guidance to reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19. The safety of our guests is always our highest priority and we believe following these requirements and guidelines is in the best interest of our community.
We will continue to closely monitor the course of COVID-19 and both state and local protocols. Updates will be announced on our website and Facebook. For more information, contact Linda J. Minges
Thanks to all supporters of the 2019 event!
2019 Winners Announced
Congratulations to all participants of the 2019 Cooking Contest! With over 70 IMPRESSIVE pumpkin dishes, our judges had a very difficult time in selecting winners…but enjoyed every bite!
Cooking Contest Winners
Both youth and adults participated in the event with more than seventy entries, which included a wide variety of creative and delicious foods. Two new categories were added, which gave youth contestants even more opportunity to showcase their pumpkin-inspired cuisine. Eight contest categories included: 1) Main Dish, 2) Desserts, 3) Miscellaneous, 4) Home Grown, 5) Youth (ages 8-12): Main Dish & Miscellaneous, 6) Youth: Ages 8-12 – Desserts, 7) Youth: Ages 13-18: Main Dish & Miscellaneous, and 8) Youth: Ages 13-18: Desserts.
Through the sponsorship of the Gaston County Farm Bureau prizes were awarded in each category: first place – $100, second place – $50, and third place – $25. A grand prize of $200 was awarded to the overall contest winner. Congratulations to all contest winners including:
Grand Prize Winner
Pumpkin Spice Cake – submitted by Shannah Grace Spargo of Belmont. Special recognition goes to Miss Spargo, who was a youth contestant in the Youth (Ages 8-12) categories.
Main Dish Category Winners
- First Place: Fall Harvest Pizza – submitted by Jamie Smith of Lincolnton
- Second Place: Spicy Pumpkin Chili – submitted by Christopher Smith of Mooresville
- Third Place: Pumpkin Shells by the Sea – submitted by Ann Helms of Gastonia
Dessert Category Winners
- First Place: Pumpkin Roll Cookies – submitted by Ann Helms of Gastonia
- Second Place: Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars – submitted by Janet Bowen of Bessemer City
- Third Place: Pumpkin Delight Dessert – submitted by Sandy Long of Gastonia
Miscellaneous Category Winners
- First Place: Pumpkin Dip – submitted by Hope Jordan of Gastonia
- Second Place: Pumpkin Spice Truffles – submitted by Ann Helms of Gastonia
- Third Place: Pumpkin Pasta Sauce – submitted by Sandy Long of Gastonia
Youth: 8-12 Main Dish & Miscellaneous Winners
- First Place: Pumpkin Sage Stuffed Shells – submitted by Sarah Scism of Bessemer City
- Second Place: Pig Candy Pumpkin Grilled Cheese – submitted by Payton Lenox of Mt. Holly
- Third Place: Spicy Pumpkin Chili – submitted by Shannah Grace Spargo of Belmont
Youth (Ages 8-12): Dessert Category Winners
- First Place: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting – submitted by Sydney Sheppard
- Second Place: Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls – submitted by Sarah Scism of Bessemer City
- Third Place: Macadamia Nut Pumpkin Cookies – submitted by Addison Brooke Brown of Lincolnton
Youth (Ages 13-18): Main Dish & Miscellaneous Category Winners
- First Place: Pumpkin Spice Casserole – submitted by Madison Dodd of Dallas
- Second Place: Savory Pumpkin Pizza – submitted by East Gaston High School – Foods & Nutrition 1 Class Students: Nathaniel Anderson, Allie Hinson, Camden Silvers, Trevar Williams
- Third Place: Pumpkin Turkey Chili – submitted by East Gaston High School – Foods & Nutrition 1 Class Students: Courtney Bethune, Gabby Carver, Caleb Cassada, Edan Senecal
Youth (Ages 13-18): Dessert Winners
- First Place: Pumpkin Cheesecake Delights – Submitted by Kelli McGuire of Maiden
- Second Place: Praline Upside Down Pumpkin Cake – Submitted by East Gaston HS – Foods & Nutrition 1 Class: Nick Adair, David Florex-Rodriguez, Amber Jones, Noah Pilgrim
- Third Place: Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart – Submitted by East Gaston HS – Foods & Nutrition 1 Class
Home Grown Category Winners
- First Place: Pumpkin Pecan Cake – Submitted by Addison Brooke Brown of Lincolnton
- Second Place: Pumpkin Fudge – Submitted by Dalton Scism of Bessemer City
- Third Place: Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart – Submitted by Sarah Scism of Bessemer City
Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners Announced
There were over 30 entries in Gaston County Public Library’s annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Participants were asked to decorate small pumpkins based on the characters and themes in Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s books, the most famous being Where the Wild Things Are. The pumpkins, in the categories of Kindergarten-2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade, and Family, were judged based on their creativity and the use of the Sendak theme. Three winners were announced at Somethin’ Pumpkin:
- First Place, Kindergarten-2nd Grade: Alligators All Around – submitted by Addison Spurling
- First Place, 3rd-5th Grade: Where the Wild Things Are Sea Monster – submitted by Carter Auciello
- First Place, Family: Where the Wild Things Are Grass Hut – submitted by Shad Bumgarner
Following Saturday’s event, all pumpkins were returned to the Main Library and placed on display in the children’s room for the people’s choice voting session.