Great Pumpkin Carve- Chadds Ford

The Great Pumpkin Carve

In Chadds Ford

October 22-24

5-9 pm

Cooler temperatures and falling leaves can mean only one thing – it's time to mark calendars for The Great Pumpkin Carve. At 5 p.m. on October 22 the artists will begin carving huge pumpkins in the grove behind the Chadds Ford Historical Society's Barn. Growers at S.I.W. Vegetables of Chadds Ford promise that this year's pumpkins will be "monstrous" in size. At nightfall the pumpkins are lit and the judges are ready to tackle the difficult job of choosing winners among 60+ hauntingly carved masterpieces.
A "People's Choice" award means that visitors can be judges and vote for their favorite pumpkin. Hunt Country Furniture of Chadds Ford will donate prizes for the carvers.
On Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24, is the Great Pumpkin Show. With the winners identified, the lit pumpkins will be displayed in all their ghostly glory. Live music, hot food and cozy hayrides will be available all three evenings.
This event is a Chadds Ford tradition in which carvers and visitors return year after year.
The Concordville-Chadds Ford Rotary will once again provide valuable assistance in planning and setting up the event as well as preparing and selling as much hot cider and food as the crowd demands. This year they will provide hot food all three evenings.
The Great Pumpkin Carve and Show takes place in the grove the Chadds Ford Historical Society's Barn at 1736 Creek Road (Old Route 100), ¼ mile from U.S. Route 1.
The carve is open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. all three nights. Admission is $3, children 6 and under free.
For more information, call the Historical Society at 610-388-7376 or visit

This event is appropriate for ages 3 and up. Please note some carvings my frighten little ones, please visit the website to look at past photos.