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Upcoming Fruit Carving Competitions

Challenge yourself and have some fun. Here are a few fruit carving competitions that are coming up soon.

Ohio State Fair – August 4, 2015

The Ohio State Fair is seeking professional and amateur food artists to join in on the fun of transforming food into magnificent art. on Wednesday, July 31, 2014 from 3 pm to 6 pm in the DiSalle Creative Arts Center at the Ohio State Fair. Carvers from Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Newark, Michigan and Indiana are expected to participate.

Professional Division

Any student, judge, coach or professional carver may enter this People’s Choice Professional division of the contest. In the pro division, carvers will bring pre-carved produce that will be assembled within a specified time at the event. Winners are chosen by a vote of the attending public. There are 6 prizes for the People’s Choice Pro division ranging from $100 to $500.

In addition, in the Pro division there will be 12 minute speed rounds with prize money of $50 and $100. Winners are also chosen by the public.

Amateur Division

Carvers who participate in the amateur division and will be given specific fruits and vegetables to carve within a time limit. They may also bring in additional fruits, vegetables, herbs or spices to dress up their display.

Get all the details on the competition and categories by downloading this Entry Form.


If you would rather be a spectator than a competitor, you will enjoy watching the transformation of ordinary fruits, vegetables and cheeses into unbelievable sculptures.  Some sculptures stand more than four feet all.  You can watch at on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 1 pm in the Rhodes Creative Arts Center.

Titus Arensberg has won several fruit carving competitions.

Titus Arensberg won 1st place at last year’s Ohio State Fair.

This carving competition has gotten better and better each year. A variety of talented professionals competed last year. I’ll be showing you photos of the 2014 competition in tomorrow’s blog post. You’ll see lots of creative, imaginative carving displays. You can see some carvings by the winners of the 2013 Ohio State Fair by clicking here.

It’s not too late to join in on the fun. Details and rules for both the professional division and the amateur division can be found in the downloadable Entry Form.  More information by contacting Greg Butauski at 614-449-8770.

Columbus Zoo Pumpkin Carving Competition
September 25 – 27th

columbus zoo pumpkin carving

This competition features talented Master pumpkin carvers who will sculpt 300 pound pumpkins.

Dean Murray tiger pumpkin carving

Dean Murray with his Tiger pumpkin carvings at the Columbus Zoo last year.

The details for the competition event are still being worked out. There is a possibility that another division will open up to allow other pro pumpkin carvers to compete. I’ll let you know as I get more details.

Lion King pumpkin sculpture by Greg Butauski

Lion King pumpkin sculpture by Greg Butauski

This is a great competition to attend as an observer if you enjoy watching huge pumpkins get transformed into amazing 3D sculptures. You can get more information by contacting Greg Butauski at 614-449-8770.

You can see some examples of giant pumpkin carvings by talented artists here.

Whether you choose to compete or attend any of these fruit carving competitions, you are bound to have a lot of fun.


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