4-H Pumpkin-Palooza

Experience the Adventure

New Hanover County 4-H & NHC Arboretum is calling on all you Pumpkin Carvers &
Jack-o’-lantern artists to help illuminate the gardens during 4-H Pumpkin Palooza.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

New Hanover County Cooperative Extension & Arboretum
6206 Oleander Drive • Wilmington NC

Presented by New Hanover County Farm Bureau

Pre-Carved Pumpkin Carving Contest

Drop off & register your carved pumpkins: Saturday, October 16, 9 am-1 pm

One Pumpkin-Palooza Pass per person with pumpkin entry
 Ribbons will be given for the funniest, scariest or most original

All ages can enter (7&Under-painted pumpkins please)
 (Pumpkins not picked up by 5 pm Sunday, October 17 will be composted)

Garden Pumpkin Walk with Fun 4-H Activities

Visitation Schedule is as follows:

Option #1:  4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Option #2:  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

UNCW Mad Scientists • Electrifying Skeleton • Horses Inside Out  • NC Aquarium Scales and Tails • and much more!


Click here to purchase tickets

2019 Pumpkin Palooza Event

The photos in the gallery below give you an idea of what the Arboretum looks like during this event and the categories of winners.

Categories pertaining to the slideshow above are:  ages 5-8; ages 9-13; ages 14-18; Business Winners; NHC Dept. winners; Over 18 winners.  There are a few individual creations mixed in along with some of layouts that were spread throughout the Arboretum.

"Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403


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