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Title: All things Pumpkin
Post by: handfulofrubies82 on September 28, 2010, 07:00:45 PM
Hi, my name is handfulofrubies and I'm a pumpkin fanatic, hehehehe. So I love pumpkins, carving pumpkins, taking photos of pumpkins, etc... I'm interested in pumpkin prices across the triad area. I live around Pilot Mountain, but I go up to Mt. Airy or out to Winston fairly often, so if you come across some pumpkins, please let me know the prices because they vary so much. I'm categorizing them as sugar pumpkin size5-6 inches diameter, medium size (abt. the size of a basketball, and large/XL size.So far, these are the ones I've found.

Place                                                    Sugar          Medium         Large/XL

Pilot Mtn Produce/on bypass       $1.99          $6.99
Sam's Club  / Univ. Pkwy                                                           $8.99
Lowe's Grocery  / Univ. Pkwy                           $2.78              $5.99
Cana, Virginia/NC market                               $4.99              $?             White pumpkins $9.99 - medium/large  Cinderella Pumpkins - medium $7.99


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: handfulofrubies82 on September 28, 2010, 07:11:04 PM
Does anyone know of any pumpkin carving contests/events?

I love carving pumpkins, but I don't know of any carving contests in the triad area. Back when I was at ASU/Boone the univ. sponsored one every year, and it was a lot of fun.  I wish the Dixie Classic Fair would one in their main area, by the tower. The fair itself has a painted pumpkin contest, but carving is just so different and I think its fun to sit down and carve it on the spot.


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: packbacker on September 28, 2010, 07:11:55 PM
The cheapest I saw last year were at Wal-Mart.  Saw that they had a big bin out already a few weeks back.  I'll try and remember to check next time I'm there.


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: handfulofrubies82 on September 28, 2010, 07:49:22 PM
Does anyone know of any pumpkin carving contests/events?

I love carving pumpkins, but I don't know of any carving contests in the triad area. Back when I was at ASU/Boone the univ. sponsored one every year, and it was a lot of fun.  I wish the Dixie Classic Fair would one in their main area, by the tower. The fair itself has a painted pumpkin contest, but carving is just so different and I think its fun to sit down and carve it on the spot.

Looking around, I did find this:  http://www.oldsalem.org/halloween2010.html
Compete in the pumpkin carving contest on October 26, 27 & 28 from 5--7pm.  Pumpkins will be provided, free of charge.  Pumpkins will be displayed on the fence on the Square on Saturday, 10/30, which is when the winners will be announced!   <-----    It doesn't say anything about ages, so I'm assuming its all ages!


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: Badger on September 28, 2010, 09:28:31 PM
Sound like you need to join http://pumpkincult.com/ (http://pumpkincult.com/)

 ;D


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: Slappy on September 29, 2010, 08:26:03 AM
There are always a lot of small pumpkin-carving contests around here, but nothing TOO major.

However, if you want the biggest, best pumpkins at the best prices, head to the Farmer's Market off of Sandy Ridge Road.  They had HUGE pumpkins, and the prices were good.


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: Neurotica on September 29, 2010, 07:31:27 PM
There are always a lot of small pumpkin-carving contests around here, but nothing TOO major.

However, if you want the biggest, best pumpkins at the best prices, head to the Farmer's Market off of Sandy Ridge Road.  They had HUGE pumpkins, and the prices were good.

Where is Sandy Ridge Road?


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: packbacker on October 03, 2010, 04:31:49 PM
I was at the farmer's market Sat. morning and we did see some amazing pumpkins.  Small, large, some white versions (??), etc.  I never got a price on them but they just looked "cleaner" than most commercial pumpkins I've seen.  We were only in one building so not sure on selection outside of the one vendor we passed.

Sandy Ridge Rd. is off I-40 on the western side of Greensboro. 


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: Slappy on October 03, 2010, 08:43:27 PM
You should definitely check out the outside vendors, too.  They are always very impressive. 

I've also just heard about a place in southern Virginia where they have pumpkins of all sizes and shapes, and they're priced at $0.29 per pound.  If anyone can find any more info on this place, please post it up.


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: packbacker on October 05, 2010, 07:10:51 PM
For your list-

Wal-Mart 3.98 pumpkins for the largest ones they have.  White pumkins were $2.98.  Small / decorative little pumpkins were 0.78 per pound IIRC


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: handfulofrubies82 on August 24, 2011, 08:05:55 PM
I'm thinking about pumpkins again. Earlier this month I sent an email to the people in charge of the Elkin Pumpkin Festival, to see if they would be interested in having a pumpkin carving contest. The lady I contacted asked the group in charge and she sent me a reply that they wouldn't be doing anything that was related to Halloween. I think its a shame. I  mean its a pumpkin festival and you can't carve pumpkins. I thought maybe they could make it a fall theme if they didn't want "halloween" designs. She said forwarded the idea to the Dobson Fest planners that have their festival in late October. I'm pretty disappointed. :(


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: NCHadmin on August 25, 2011, 05:52:28 AM
What?!?!?!
Pumpkins w/o Halloween?
Heresy!

Then they should wait for November to do the 'fall festival', Thanksgiving stuff - and not confuse the kids.

Pumpkins without Halloween... oughta be a law ag'in it!

-NCHAdmin


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: Blame Elvis on August 25, 2011, 07:35:52 AM
I love pumpkins! I've always said that when I get rich and famous I'm gonna get a farm house with a giant pumpkin patch.

Carrigan Farms in Mooresville is where anyone in the Charlotte metro area should go. Super cool people. They gave me some old corn stock for our yard haunt a couple of years ago. They do hayrides and what not. During season I think they have a haunt as well, called Scarrigan Farms or something. I've never been.

http://www.carriganfarms.com/hayrides/pumpkin-patch-tour

-Eddie



Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: jhc36 on August 25, 2011, 08:12:06 AM
I love pumpkin BEER!

We go here...  http://www.hodgesfarmnc.com/PumpkinPatch.asp   



Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: ~honey~ on August 25, 2011, 11:06:31 AM
Uh
I love pumpkin BEER!

We go here...  http://www.hodgesfarmnc.com/PumpkinPatch.asp   



Amen to the beer!  Slappy and I went to Total Wine last night to check out their stock, and they've got at least 15 different types of pumpkin and oktoberfest beers to choose from.  Everyone of age should check them out!  Really tastes like the season  ;D ;D


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: handfulofrubies82 on August 25, 2011, 11:12:36 AM
I didn't get their anti-halloween stance, but people have differing opinions on that around here, i kind of expect it. I thought about asking the people of Pilot Fest, but it looks like they're not doing it this year?? I like pumpkins and carving them, whatever the design. Even the Dixie Classic fair had a pumpkin decorating contest each year which themed, which I've done in the past.


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: Radiant_Red on August 25, 2011, 12:46:54 PM
I would love to see this in person, or I suppose something on a smaller scale around here. 

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Nx8r6-FDEn0/TM20YNfaObI/AAAAAAAAAFk/8rUtY1kkHLA/s1600/jack+o+lantern.jpg)


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: Slappy on August 25, 2011, 06:12:25 PM
Wow, that's impressive.  That would be really expensive to do by yourself.  Seems like maybe something a group could do....?


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: handfulofrubies82 on September 12, 2011, 12:17:50 PM
Cana, VA has tons of pumpkins !  ;D ;D ;D
I picked up a pumpkin yesterday to carve Tuesday for a family gathering. So excited - the pumpkins at B&B produce, the last little road side market on the left, has pumpkins at a good price - almost all under $5. Most $2.80-$4.50 for medium size pumpkins


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: Slappy on September 12, 2011, 12:22:54 PM
I read some article that the best way to preserve a carved pumpkin is to first soak it in bleach water overnight.  Then everyday, spray it with more bleach water.  That will keep it moist and destroy any bacteria or mold that are the quickest things to destroy your jack-o-lantern.

I'll probably get mine at the Farmer's Market again.  They always have awesomely huge pumpkins for really good prices.  Much better than a lot of local churches and such that usually sell them.


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: jhc36 on September 21, 2011, 08:45:06 AM
im currently drinking pumpkin coffee that i got at target.  it's not too bad... 


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: Slappy on September 21, 2011, 10:31:34 AM
You need to get a Spiced Pumpkin Latte' from Starbucks.  I'm not normally a Starpukes fan, but these are exceptionally good.  Oh, and a pumpkin muffin from Dunkin' Donuts.  Mmmm...  I need to go to lunch.


Title: Re: All things Pumpkin
Post by: handfulofrubies82 on October 12, 2011, 07:06:53 PM
Just came upon this event called GUTS, Benefiting Levine Children's Hospital

From their wesbite:
"GUTS is a friendly pumpkin carving competition organized and created by HAWSE, A Brand Agency in Charlotte, North Carolina. What began as an internal team building event at HAWSE, has grown into a community-wide event, attracting the finest creative talent in the area and the support of generous yearly partners. The primary goal of this event is to unify the creative community in support of the kids who fight the real fight everyday.

As we enter our 3rd Annual GUTS competition, we've seen our venue improve from a small parking lot on the edge of Uptown, to the heart of the Center City in 2010, and now in 2011, the North Carolina Music Factory. We've also seen our list of carvers and attendees grow each year and are hoping for big things in 2011.

The competition is open to Local and regional creative professionals that want to test their pumpkin carving skills, and more importantly, raise money for the brave kids of Levine Children's Hospital. We raise money through registration fees, a live and silent auction, and for the first time in 2011, we are allowing anyone, anywhere to support an individual child at the LCH, by buying them a GUTS gift pack."

Check out their site; there is a lot of information to read through:  http://www.gutscharlotte.com/