Literary Pumpkin Pageant


It’s time to paint and decorate your pumpkins!

You’re invited (yes, you!) to gussy up a pumpkin for our 4th annual Literary Pumpkin Pageant! All ages are welcome to participate; just bring us your pumpkin starting October 3rd. October 14th is the final day submissions will be accepted!

Every pumpkin will be on display in the library through October 31st, and we’ll let the community vote for the winners from October 17th through the 22nd.

Submissions will be divided into six (6) categories:

  1. Age 5 and under
  2. Ages 6-8
  3. Ages 9-12
  4. Ages 13-17
  5. Ages 18+
  6. RCPL staff

Contest Rules

  1. Your submission must be a real pumpkin! No artificial pumpkins will be accepted.
  2. Your pumpkin must be no larger than 12 inches wide x 12 inches deep (taller than 12 inches is alright).
  3. Your pumpkin cannot be carved. You may build onto it, but you cannot cut into it!
  4. Your design must have a literary theme. This can be a story, a character from a book, etc. Make sure to include a note with your submission or tell us what inspired your pumpkin!
  5. Submissions must be taken to our children’s circulation desk to enter the contest.

You must provide your own materials. Once entered, each pumpkin will be numbered and displayed by category, as listed above. Winners for all categories will be announced at our Fall Fun Night event on October 27th; please pick up your pumpkins at that time, if possible. Any entries not reclaimed by October 31st will be disposed of!

How to Vote

You can vote for one entry category. Voting slips will be available at the table under the big map, right beside our front circulation desk in the atrium. We’ll have a ballot box there so you can fill out your slip and just drop it right in. October 22nd is the final day to vote, so make sure to come take a look at all our entries before then!

Again, winners of all categories will be announced at Fall Fun Night on October 27th, and each winner receives a bag of art supplies!

Anything unclear? If you have question or comments about this event, just let us know! And be sure to keep an eye out for pictures of all entries on our Facebook and Instagram pages.