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Somethin’ Pumpkin Virtual 2021 Winners Announced

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somethin' pumpkin 2021 logoSat., October 23rd – Virtual Awards Presentation

From growing, cooking, and decorating, the 7th Annual Somethin’ Pumpkin offered “somethin’ for everyone”. This virtual festival included several contests designed for the whole family.

2021 Somethin’ Pumpkin Cooking Contest Recipe Booklet

2021 Somethin’ Pumpkin Photo Album

A special thanks to our 2021 Sponsors and Partners:

City of Bessemer City, Farm Bureau – Gaston County, Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, Ford’s Seed Store, Friends of the Gaston County Public Library, Gaston County Travel & Tourism, KTC Broadcasting, Lineberger’s Farm, Minges Printing Co., NC Extension & Community Association, and NC Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer Program.

Cooking Contest Winners

Congratulations to all Cooking Contest winners – with over 50 IMPRESSIVE pumpkin dishes, our judges had a very difficult time in selecting winners…but enjoyed every bite!

Youth and adults participated in the contest, which included a wide variety of creative and delicious foods. The Cooking Contest consisted of seven categories including:

  • 1) Main Dish
  • 2) Desserts
  • 3) Miscellaneous
  • 4) Youth (ages 8-12):  Main Dish & Miscellaneous
  • 5) Youth: Ages 8-12 – Desserts
  • 6) Youth:  Ages 13-18:  Main Dish & Miscellaneous
  • 7) 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:

2021 Cooking Contest Winners

Grand Prize Recipe:

  • Pumpkin Tacos  – submitted by East Gaston High School, Mrs. Jill Lenox’s First Period ClassEast Gaston High School First Period Class - Tacos Grand PrizeStudents from East Gaston High School First Period Class

Adult Main Dish Category Winners:

  • 1st Place  – Hearty Chicken and Autumn Veggie Soup, prepared by Jamie Smith of Lincolnton, NC
  • 2nd Place  – Pumpkin Chicken Tacos, prepared by Chris Smith of Mooresville, NC
  • 3rd Place  – Autumn Pumpkin Quiche prepared by Linda Carpenter of Kings Mountain, NC

Adult Miscellaneous Dish Category Winners:

  • 1st Place  – Delicious Snack Pumpkins prepared by Linda Carpenter of Kings Mountain, NC
  • 2nd Place  – Pumpkin Spice Hummus prepared by Chris Smith of Mooresville, NC
  • 3rd Place  – Pumpkin Chevre Bruschetta prepared by Jamie Smith of Lincolnton, NC

Adult Dessert Dish Category Winners:

  • 1st Place  – Pumpkin Lasagna Cupcake prepared by Linda Carpenter of Kings Mountain, NC
  • 2nd Place  – Pumpkin Pie Smores prepared by Chad Lenox of Mt. Holly, NC
  • 3rd Place  – Pumpkin Praline Danish prepared by Jamie Smith of Lincolnton, NC

Youth:  Ages 13-18 | Main Dish & Miscellaneous Dish Category Winners:

  • 1st Place  – Pumpkin Patch Pies prepared by Bronwen St. Romain of Gastonia, NCBronwen St. Romain Winner 2021 Somethin' Pumpkin
  • 2nd Place  – Pumpkin Spiced Pie Dip prepared by Madison Dodd of Dallas, NC
  • 3rd Place  – Savory Pumpkin Cornbread prepared by East Gaston High School, Second Period Class

Youth:  Ages 13-18 | Desserts Category Winners:

  • 1st Place  – Pumpkin Spiced Dump Cake prepared by East Gaston High School, Second Period Class2nd period class of East Gaston High School
  • 2nd Place  – Pumpkin Cheesecake Monkeybread prepared by Kelli McGuire of Maiden, NC
  • 3rd Place  – Pumpkin Cookie Bars prepared by Bronwen St. Romain of Gastonia, NC

Youth:  Ages 8-12 | Main Dish & Miscellaneous Dish Category Winners:

  • 1st Place  – Perfect Pumpkin Spice Waffles prepared by Joseph Eitzenberger of Charlotte, NCJoseph Eitzenberger - Somethin' Pumpkin Winner
  • 2nd Place  – Pumpkin Mousse in a Pumpkin prepared by Therese Eitzenberger of Charlotte, NC

Terese Eitzenberger Pumpkin Mouse in a Pumpkin entry

  • 3rd Place  – Spicy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili prepared by Christian Carver of Bessemer City, NC

Youth:  Ages 8-12 | Dessert Category Winners:

  • 1st Place  – Pumpkin Crumb Cake Muffins prepared by Payton Lenox of Mt. Holly, NC
  • 2nd Place  – Pumpkin Trifle prepared by Lila St. Romain of Gastonia, NC

Lila S. with pumpkin trifle recipe

  • 3rd Place  – Pumpkin Delight Dessert prepared by Christian Carver of Bessemer City, NC

2021 Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners:

  • Adult/Teen Category: Curious George by Linda Carpenter of Kings Mountain, NC; Dinosaurs by Johnathan Caldwellcurious george pumpkin decorating contest entry 2021dinsaurs pumpkin decorating contest 2021
  • Family Category: Solar System by Faith B.; People’s Choice Winner:  Thing #2 by the Caldwell Family

solar system pumpkin decorating contest entry 2021thing #2 pumpkin decorating contest entry

  • Grades 3  – 5:  Cars by Jackson Caldwell of Gastonia; People’s Choice Winner: Wonder by Lily
  • Grades K – 2: Clifford by Emma; People’s Choice Winner: Pete the Cat by Danielclifford pumpkin decorating contest entry 2021pete the cat photo decorating contest

2021 Pumpkin Photo Contest Winners:

  • Adult Category:  Megan Bowen of Bessemer City, NC for “Autumn in Dollywood”dollywood pumpkin photo contest entry 2021
  • Youth Ages 13 -18:  Johnathan Caldwell of Gastonia, NC for “Pumpkins at Lineberger Farm”
  • Youth Ages 8  – 12:  Jackson Caldwell of Gastonia, NC for “Pumpkin Babies”pumpkin babies photo contest 2021

2020 gaston gazette ad for somethin pumpkin final

Somethin’ Pumpkin in the News

Thanks to our local media that helped promote this year’s event – we appreciate your support!

Gaston Alive:

Gaston Alive 2020 - Somethin' Pumpkin Article

Gaston Gazette’s Piedmont Now Magazine:

piedmont now magazine fall 2020

KTC Broadcasting’s Community Spotlight:

ktc broadcasting radio logo

Wilson’s World from WCCB-TV:

wilsons world video one 2020

WCCB TV's Wilson's World - Somethin' Pumpkin Festival

wilsons world video two 2020

2020 Winners Announced:  Cooking & Decorating Contests

Cooking Contest Winners

Congratulations to all Cooking Contest winners – with over 40 IMPRESSIVE pumpkin dishes, our judges had a very difficult time in selecting winners…but enjoyed every bite!

Access the 2020 Somethin’ Pumpkin Contestant Recipe Booklet

Youth and adults participated in the contest, which included a wide variety of creative and delicious foods. 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 Lasagna – submitted by Lila St. Romain of Gastonia, NC. Special recognition goes to Miss St. Romain, who was a youth contestant in the Youth (Ages 8-12) categories.

grand prize winner 10.3.20

Main Dish Category Winners

  • 1st Place:  Pumpkin Lasagna with Spinach – submitted by Jamie Smith of Lincolnton, NC

j smith pumpkin lasagna with spinach 10.3.20 1st place main dish

  • 2nd Place: Pumpkin Soup – submitted by Christopher Smith of Mooresville, NC

pumpkin soup

  • 3rd Place: Pumpkin Potato Corn Chowder– submitted by Sandra Long of Gastonia, NC

Pumpkin Potato Corn Chowder

Dessert Category Winners

  • 1st Place:  Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Bourbon & Spice Praline Pecans – submitted by Jamie Smith of Lincolnton, NC

Pumpkin Pie Ice cream with Bourbon and Spice Praline Pecans

  • 2nd Place:  Pumpkin Mousse in a Cup – submitted by Deborah Mayfield of Shelby, NC

pumpkin mousse in a cup d. mayfield desserts 2nd place

  • 3rd Place:  Pumpkin & Dulce De Leche – submitted by Maria Canseco of Gastonia, NC

i. canseco empanadas entry 10.3.20 3rd place desserts

Miscellaneous Category Winners

  • 1st Place:  Comfort Pumpkin Drink – submitted by Ann Helms of Gastonia, NC

ann helms comfort drink 10.3.20 1st place misc

  • 2nd Place:  Pumpkin Spice Latte Dip – submitted by Christopher Smith of Mooresville, NC

pumpkin spice latte dip 2nd place c smith

  • 3rd Place:  Vegan Pumpkin Morning Glory Muffin – submitted by Jamie Smith of Lincolnton, NC

vegan pumpkin morning glory muffin 3fd place misc j smith

Youth: 8-12 Main Dish & Miscellaneous Winners

  • 1st Place:  Pumpkin Dip – submitted by Shannah Spargo of Aiken, SC

pumpkin dip youth ages 8-12 first place s spargo

  • 2nd Place:  Tortellini with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce – submitted by Kordak Genovese of Gastonia, NC

tortellini with pumpkin alfredo sauce youth ages 8-12 k genovese 2nd place

Youth (Ages 8-12):  Dessert Category Winners

  • 1st Place:  Pumpkin Everything Cake – submitted by Shannah Spargo of Aiken, SC

s spargo pumpkin everything cake youth 8-12 desserts 1st place

  • 2nd Place:  Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles – submitted by Therese Eitzenberger of Charlotte, NC

choc pumpkin truffles t eitzenberger youth ages 8-12 desserts 2nd place

  • 3rd Place:  Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge – submitted by Kordak Genovese of Gastonia, NC

peanut butter pumpkin fudge youth desserts 8-12 k genovese

Youth (Ages 13-18):  Dessert Winners

  • 1st Place:  Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Bars – submitted by Kelli McGuire of Maiden, NC

k mcguire pumpkin cheesecake bar cookies 10.3.20 1st place youth 13-18 desserts

  • 2nd Place:  White Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles – submitted by Addison Brown of Lincolnton, NC

a. brown white choc pumpkin truffles 2nd place youth13-18 desserts

  • 3rd Place: Best Pumpkin Spice Blondies – submitted by Bronwen St. Romain of Gastonia, NC – Photo currently not available

Home Grown Category Winners

  • 1st Place:  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread – submitted by Linda Carpenter of Shelby, NC

L Carpenter pumpkin chocolate chip pumpkin bread home grown 1st place

  • 2nd Place:  Pumpkin Butter Pound Cake with Caramel Frosting – submitted by Adrienne Jones of Lincolnton, NC

a. jones pumpkin pound cake entry 2nd place home grown

  • 3rd Place: Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes – submitted by Addison Brown of Lincolnton, NC

a. brown pumpkin donut holes 3rd place home grown

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

There were over 18 entries in Gaston County Public Library’s annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Participants were asked to decorate small pumpkins based on their favorite characters and themes. Three winners were announced at Somethin’ Pumpkin:

  • Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Category: Creepy Pair of Underwear – submitted by Rhett Edwards
first place pumpkin decorating contest - Rhett Edwards winner

Rhett Edwards, 1st Place Winner K-2nd Category:

  • 3rd-5th Grade Category : The Princess in Black – submitted by Katriel Jackson

    k jackson Princess in Black grade 3-5 1st place

    3rd – 5th Grade Category Winner: Katriel Jackson

  • First Place, Family: The Very Hungry Caterpillar – submitted by Rory Felton & Family

    R Felton Family entry: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Rory Felton & Family, 1st Place – Family

  • First Place, Teen/Adult: The Tale of Despereaux – submitted by Iliyana Jackson

    Illiyana Jackson - First Place, Teen/Adult Category

    Illiyana Jackson. 1st Place –  Teen/Adult Category