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.
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.
Second place was won by Tyler Coleman with his dragon fly in a garden.
Trent Mason won the 3rd prize of $200.
Maryse Richards won the $100 4th prize.
Cash prizes were given to the top four winners.