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Pro Pumpkin Competition of Jack Hannah Carving Event

The Pro Pumpkin Competition was one of many events during the weekend of the Jack Hanna Pumpkin Carving Competition at the Columbus Zoo.

There was a People’s Choice division, an Amateur category, a Masters category with two events – a Masters 3D and a Masters Build – and the Professional category. In this article I’ll show you the entries and winners of the Pro pumpkin competition.

By the way, in case you are wondering about the differences in the divisions, here is how it worked. Any carver who wanted to join the competition could compete in the People’s Choice. Carvers who wanted to compete in the amateur or pro division could self select which category they prefer. Newbies often like to start with the amateur division to get their feet wet. Those will some experience choose to join the Pro Division. The Master’s division is by invitation only. I’ll be showing you their remarkable entries in the next couple of days.

The Pro Pumpkin Competition

The Pro Pumpkin Competition took place in a shady spot near the lake. The visiting public could watch the carvers and ask questions. Both adults and children were fascinated.

William Wilson pro competition

Pro Carver William Wilson enjoyed entertaining the kids.

Tyler Coleman pro competition

Pro Carver Tyler Coleman brought a structure to build his pumpkin sculpture

Trent Mason in procompetition

Can you guess what Trent Mason is in the process of creating?

Dustin Weatherby at pro pumpkin competition

What is Dustin Weatherby getting started on. Can you tell?

The Winners of the Pro Pumpkin Competition

This was a judged competition. I served as a judge along with 3 other experienced fruit, pumpkin and ice carvers. The winners were determined by the average scores from all 4 judges. They were judged for overall first impression, creativity, knife skills, sculptural, structure, and several other criteria.

The first place winning entry was the big fish by William Wilson.

1st place winner, big fish by William Wilson

Ya gotta love the face on William Wilson’s entry “Fish out of Water”. It took the 1st place prize of $400.

pumpkin fish by william wilson

Side view of Williams big fish with fascinated girl.

pumpkin fish by William wilson

Back view shows the big scales and tail that William carved

Second place was won by Tyler Coleman with his dragon fly in a garden.

dragonfly pumpkin by Tyler Coleman

Tyler Coleman’s “Dragonfly” took the second place prize fo $300.

dragonfly pumpkin Tyler

Here’s another view of Tyler’s dragonfly and garden

Trent Mason won the 3rd prize of $200.

Trent Mason pumpkin pirate ship

The third place winning entry was “Shipwreck” by Trent Mason

pumpkin pirate ship trent

Trent’s pirate ship had floors carve to look like wood planks and carved railings on the side.

Maryse Richards won the $100 4th prize.

terminator pumpkin by Maryse

Maryse Richard’s “Terminator” carving won the 4th place prize.

terminator pumkin carving by Maryse Richards

The open cheek revealed mechanical looking carving beneath.

Cash prizes were given to the top four winners.

Ryan Roth's scary pumpkin angel

Ryan Roth created an evil angel. He named his entry “Don’t Blink”.

pumpkin spider by Dustin Weatherby

Dustin Weatherby created this “Tarantula”. It captivated the attention of many onlookers.

Alien couple by Jeremy

Jeremy Smith who traveled from Georgia to participate in the Pro Pumpkin
competition carved this “Match made in the Heavens”.

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