Let the Carving Begin!

October 29-October 31, 2010

Scott Cully has held the Guinness World Record for largest jack-o'-lantern since October 31, 2005. At The New York Botanical Garden on Sunday, October 31, 2010--exactly five-years later--he will try to break his own record by completing the carving of the current World Record-holding pumpkin, a 1,810.5-pound behemoth grown by Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wisconsin.

Carving a 1,810.5-pound pumpkin isn't something you can complete in one day, however.  Scott estimates that every 100 pounds of pumpkin will take him approximately one hour to carve.  To that end, Scott started the carving process early this morning.  He got a little help in cleaning out the giant gourd from two representatives of the Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Growers who came to the Botanical Garden to harvest the seeds from the World Record-holder and the two regional runners up. 

And while all this World Record business might sound serious, it's really just a whole lot of fun!  No Garden employee who was present when Matthew DeBacco of team-pumpkin.org climbed inside Steve Connolly's 1,674.5 pounder could keep a straight face. And Scott tells us that much of the design for his World Record attempt was fueled by a beautiful bottle of Pinto Grigo.

So come to the Garden and get in on the fun! Scott will be carving Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  On Friday, Scott is being joined by Michael Anthony Natiello--the creative force behind the 500 carved pumpkins currently decorating the Everett Children's Adventure Garden as part of Halloween Hoorah--and Sara Mussen, Natiello's collaborator.  Michael, who will also be carving at the Garden on Saturday, is carving Ken Sweet's 1,725 pound pumpkin, while Sara tackles Steve Connolly's Massachussets-grown gourd.

While you're here, explore the grounds, indulge in some leaf peeping, and bring your favorite little ghouls and goblins to the parade. Halloween-weekend at the Garden is so fun, it's scary!

For a complete schedule, directions, and more, click here.