Plotting Pumpkins Decorating Contest

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Special Event

Program Description

Event Details

Multiple locations | Turn a pumpkin into a hero or villain from a book you've loved! We'll display your creation at the library and the public will vote on their favorites in four categories: Preschool, Ages 5–10, Ages 11–17, and Adult. 

Branches around the system are participating!

View all Plotting Pumpkins Decorating Contest locations and details.


Bring your pumpkin to the Fountain City Branch Library on Saturday, October 21 between 10:00 and 5:30 and fill out an entry form. (You may bring in your pumpkin after this date if you can’t possibly make it, but it won’t have as long to receive votes.)

Each contestant may enter only one pumpkin. Groups may collaborate on a pumpkin if they’d like, but each group may only enter one pumpkin.

Pumpkins should be inspired by a story (book, movie, show, video game, etc.). Use your imagination!

No carved pumpkins will be accepted.

Pumpkins may be painted, stickered, dressed, etc., but please do not puncture them. All decorations must be appropriate for all ages. If a pumpkin begins to deteriorate before the end of the contest or display period, library staff may discard it at their discretion.


The public will vote on their favorites through Tuesday, October 31. Winners will be announced and contacted on Wednesday, November 1.

Pumpkins must be retrieved by Saturday, November 4. Any pumpkins remaining after that date will be discarded.

Participating Locations:


For ADA accommodations, call (865) 215-8703 or send request to 72 hours in advance of program.