Norfolk and Portsmouth partner to present “The Great Pumpkin Challenge”

Friday, October 24

Norfolk and Portsmouth residents are encouraged to participate in the inaugural Great Pumpkin Challenge—a friendly “pumpkin-carving, pumpkin-display” competition between the two cities.


Date:  October 24, 2014 - October 25, 2014
Time:  All Day
Time Details:  Norfolk residents will drop off their carved pumpkins on Friday, October 24, between 3 and 6 p.m., or on Saturday, October 25, between noon and 3 p.m. at Nauticus and include battery powered light.
Location:  Nauticus & Battleship Wisconsin
Address:  One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510
Cost:  Free

Designed to celebrate the Halloween season, the event will take place on Saturday, October 25, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on the downtown waterfronts of both cities. The city that collects and displays the most pumpkins will receive the coveted “Great Pumpkin City” trophy and bragging rights for an entire year.

“This is a great way for citizens to do something fun with their family and show support for their communities,” said Nancy S. Perry, Director of Museums for the City of Portsmouth.

“This is all about having a little fun,” said Stephen E. Kirkland, Nauticus’ Executive Director. “We also want to give the community a chance to create its very own public art display.”

Here’s how the competition will work: Residents will drop off their carved pumpkins on Friday, October 24, between 3 and 6 p.m., or on Saturday, October 25, between noon and 3 p.m. Norfolk residents will drop off their pumpkins at Nauticus; Portsmouth residents will deliver their pumpkins to High Street Landing. All pumpkins must be delivered with a battery-powered light for illumination. In Norfolk, volunteers from the Downtown 100 will assist with pumpkin registering, display and monitoring; in Portsmouth, volunteers from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard First Class Petty Officers Association will assist. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, displayed pumpkins will be counted and the winning city will be announced at 7:30 p.m. The pumpkin displays in both cities are free and open to the public between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m.

In addition to the city winner, a People’s Choice award will be given to the resident in each city who submits the best-carved pumpkin.
For more information, contact Nauticus at (757) 664-1000 or the Portsmouth Museums Administrative Office at (757) 393-8983.

For more information, visit: http://www.norfolk.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=6089&month=10&year=2014&day=24&calType=0

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