Carve with Us!

GUTS Team Overview:

Thank you for registering to compete as a carving team for AIGA Cincinnati’s first annual GUTS! The fees you paid to become a registered team will go towards a donation to our local Make-A-Wish chapter to help grant one Wish.

As an added thank you, you will receive an official GUTS Carver t-shirt closer to the event.

As a team, you will work together on a single entry that can include as few or as many pumpkins as you would like. Your creation will all be judged and auctioned off together, as one piece. The auctioning of the pumpkins will benefit Make-A-Wish, and the team that brings in the highest price will receive additional points towards their final score. Additionally, trophies will be awarded for the best creations, judged by local + creative icons as well as all those in attendance at the event.

The Nitty Gritty

Rules and Regs: These rules allow for a friendly competition and give the judges guidelines to judge in a fair and just manner.

  • BYOP! Each team will provide their own pumpkin(s) and carving tools.

  • Pumpkins should be gutted before carving begins to same time and reduce mess on-site.

  • Other than planning, no other prep work may be done on the pumpkin(s) prior to the event. This includes drawing, scoring, pre-cutting parts, etc.

  • Carving time is 90 minutes

  • Carvers may incorporate multiple pumpkins, gourds, and similar materials as accessories or in support of the entry.

  • Props may be used but cannot comprise the majority of the design. Keep in mind this is a pumpkin carving contest and carving skills are what will be evaluated most heavily by the judges.

  • Power tools are acceptable but must have their own power source. No power will be provided.

  • Lighting the pumpkin is up to the carver, however, again, no power will be provided.

  • The final creation will need to be able to be moved from the carving table to the buyers car, if purchased in the silent auction. If a team entry is being created that is large, it will need to be structurally sound enough, or able to be separated and moved. Note that the carver bringing in the highest auction bid will receive extra bonus points in the judging, so it’s important to keep the auction-bidder happy!

  • Only one team from each company or agency is permitted this year.

  • Decorating your prep area is accepted with limits on the staging area so that you do not disturb your fellow carvers. There will also be a sponsor banner on your table that can not be covered. Keep in mind, carvers will only be judged on the pumpkin carving.

Additional Fun

There will be a trick-or-treat activity for the kids that are in attendance. Vendors and carving teams will be participants. Please bring a bowl of individually wrapped candy to set on or near your station when trick-or-treating starts.


If you'd like to sign up, please contact Kristen Pericleous. Once you've signed up, please feel free to contact her with any questions you have leading up to the event.

Our Mailing Address:

AIGA Cincinnati
1212 Jackson St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202