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Somethin’ Pumpkin Virtual Fest 2021

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

From growing, cooking, and decorating, the 7th Annual Somethin’ Pumpkin has “somethin’ for everyone” during October. This virtual festival includes several contests designed for the whole family. Winners are announced during the virtual awards program, held on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Be sure to participate for a chance to win prizes – including money!

N.C. Cooperative Extension and Gaston County Public Library are pleased to announce the slate of events that kick off in October. Rules apply for each contest. Check out all of our family fun contests below:

  1. Cooking Contest  enter your pumpkin dish creations for the chance to win cash prizes ($200 grand prize) in a range of categories including main courses, desserts, and miscellaneous dishes. Registration Deadline: October 1st. Click here for contest rules.
  2. Pumpkin Decorating Contest – pick up a pumpkin from participating libraries and join in the decorating fun! Registration Deadline: October 15th. Click here for contest rules.
  3. Pumpkin Photo Contest – submit your favorite pumpkin-themed photo for a chance to win prizes in the newest event for 2021. Registration Deadline: October15th. Click here for contest rules.

Virtual Awards Presentation: Sat., October 23, 2021

1 – 2 p.m. | Virtual Awards Presentation

Registration will be done online via Eventbrite. Click here to register for any or all events

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.

For further information contact Linda J. Minges  or call 704.922.2127. Somethin' Pumpkin Festival 2020

Saturday, October 3, 2020

2020 Somethin' Pumpkin Photo Collage

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