Pumpkin of York Maze owner Tom Pearcy wins carving competition

A pumpkin carved to look like York Maze owner Tom Pearcy has scooped the top prize and a cheque for £300 in the York Maze pumpkin carving competition at the weekend.

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

Says Simon McMinnis, “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.

Says 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.

Chris Marsden

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