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Show Off Your Mad Skills at This Annual Pumpkin Carving Favorite

The Chadds Ford Historical Society hosts the 43rd Annual Great Pumpkin Carve on October 18-20, 2018.
The Great Pumpkin Carve is the quintessential Brandywine Valley experience and is a great way to get in the Halloween spirit.

The Great Pumpkin Carve was started by artists Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth and Jimmy Lynch in the 1970s to decorate the Chadds Ford Inn for Halloween. The event has grown each year and is now an autumn tradition for thousands of people. This family-friendly festival features 70 local artists competing by carving huge pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns on Thursday night.

The pumpkins, which may weigh as much as 400 pounds, will be lit and displayed at the end of the carving on Thursday, and illuminated again on Friday and Saturday nights. Pumpkins are judged and winners declared in several categories: Best Overall, Most Halloween, Best Carving, Most Original and Best Use of Pumpkin.

In addition to the amazing pumpkins, the Great Pumpkin Carve offers entertainment for adults and children alike including live music, raffle prizes, hayrides, pumpkin painting and other fun activities. This year we are enlarging the pumpkin patch to provide more room and easier viewing of the pumpkins, adding more admissions lines to reduce waiting time, bringing back and expanding the Haunted Trail and featuring local wine, beer and cider vendors in addition to great local food. We can’t wait to see you there!

At U City Flats, the premier apartments in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we believe it’s important to integrate yourself into the community, which is why we suggest attending this event. Meeting new people, having unfamiliar experiences, and joining neighborhood activities is the key to an exceptional lifestyle.

Event Time/Date:
Thursday, October 18, 2018—4:00 PM

Event Venue Location:
Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Road
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania 19317

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