The two day Jack Hannah Pumpkin Carving Competition, at the Columbus Zoo, started near dawn with the set up of the People’s Choice Competition Entries. Anyone of any carving skill could enter this category of the competition. The winners were selected by a vote of the people who attended the zoo for the two days. Over 3000 ballots were submitted by people of all ages. You’ll see in the subjects of the carvings, that children were expected to be active voters. And they were.
The Jack Hannah pumpkin carving competition also had 3 other competition events including a Masters 3D competition, a Masters Build competition, as well as a Professional and Amateur competition. There was a total of $7900 in cash prizes.
The top 5 winners in the People’s Choice won $100 cash prize each.
Let us know your favorites in the comments section below.
The Winners of the Jack Hanna Pumpkin Carving Competition are:
1st Place Winner
The runaway winner of the first place prize was Shannon Gerasimchick with his beautiful and big sea turtle.
2nd Place Winner
The second place People’s Choice prize went to Jon Michaels with his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed carving
3rd Place Winner
The points from the ranking in the People’s Choice were factored into the final overall score to determine the overall winner of the Master’s category. This is the piece that brought Danny’s score up to edge out three time overall masters champion Dean Murray by only 4 points.
The following carvings were the remaining entries of the Jack Hanna Pumpkin Carving Competition listed in order of votes received.
Jim Morgan played to the crowd with his characters from the movie Frozen. When standing nearby, I often heard girls saying, “Oh, look, it’s Elsa and Olaf”.
It takes 3 photos to show you all 3 sides of William Wilson’s entry with 3 different Marvel comic characters. This placed 14th.
William ended up having to do a lot of touch up carving after the red towels he wrapped his sculptures in, bled red all over the pumpkins. He was up until 3:00 in the morning repairing the damage.
This next competition entry looks like he’s not feeling so well…
Isn’t this a create collection of different ideas and style of pumpkin carving? The winners were chosen by the visitors of the zoo. Each was able to cast a ballot choosing their favorite. Children were active voters as well as adults. This segment of the competition was NOT judged by the judges at all.
Which one of the Jack Hanna Pumpkin Carving Competition, People’s Choice entries, do you like the best? Free free to let us know in the comments section below.