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Carved Pumpkin of York Maze Owner Wins Prize

Tom Pearcy pumpkin Simon McMinnis

11:20am 30th October 2014

Simon McMinnis travelled from his home near Blackpool to enter the competition:

“I’ve been carving pumpkins for the past five years. I grow giant pumpkins myself and I thought it was a shame to just compost them, so I started carving and it turned out quite well."

“I wanted to do the carving for the York Maze competition with a topical theme. York Maze’s owner Tom Pearcy’s face surrounded by corn plants worked well with the shape of the pumpkin.”

Unlike the traditional Jack-o-Lanterns, Simon creates intricate 3D sculptures in the pumpkin flesh in a similar way to the way a sculptor models clay.

Tom Pearcy from York Maze:

“We had some great entries from some very talented sculptors, but Simon’s carving was chosen by the judges to win first prize. It was quite a shock to realise my face had been carved into the pumpkin. Simon caught the likeness of me very well and set it in a frame of maize plants.”

The children’s category was won by Logan Garung age 8 from Hemsley who created an intricate pumpkin carving featuring a vampire.

The winning pumpkins along with the biggest pumpkin carving in the North of England which was created by professional 3D artist Christian Russell from a 1000lb pumpkin will be on display as part of the York Maze Halloween festival until Sat 1 November.


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