5th Annual Somethin’ Pumpkin Cooking Contest Coming Soon


Do you enjoy spending time with family and friends, while cooking? If so, then you don’t want to miss Bessemer City, North Carolina's 5th Annual Somethin’ Pumpkin Cooking Contest and Festival on May 9, 2020. Developed by NC Cooperative Extension to be a part of Cotton Ginning Days, Somethin’ Pumpkin encourages families to connect with local agriculture, as well as to one another. Activities include a cooking contest, pumpkin decorating contest, kids’ activities, and crafts.

The Cooking Contest includes eight categories: 1) main dish, 2) desserts, 3) miscellaneous, 4) home grown, 5) youth: ages 8 to 12 – main dish and miscellaneous, 6) youth: ages 8 to 12 – desserts, 7) youth: ages 13 to 18 – main dish and miscellaneous, and 8) youth: ages 13 to 18 – main dish and miscellaneous. Entries are judged and displayed as part of Cotton Ginning Days. Cash prizes are awarded in each category: first place – $100; second place – $50; third place – $25. Grand prize ($200) is awarded to overall Cooking Contest winner.

The Somethin’ Pumpkin Decorating Contest includes three categories: grades K-2, grades 3-5, and family. Participants decorate a small pumpkin to portray a theme or character from their favorite book. Pumpkin entries are accepted May 5th – May 8th, 2020.

The collaboration among local businesses and community organizations is what makes this event a success. With the support of these partners and sponsors, Somethin’ Pumpkin continues to grow. More than 50 contestants participated in last year’s Somethin’ Pumpkin cooking contest.

Somethin’ Pumpkin is offered at no cost to the public.


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