Carving 300 pumpkins for ZooBoo Original

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Halloween is a little over a week away, but you can participate in other activities before the holiday. One event that has started to prepare is ZooBoo. President and CEO of The Great Plains Zoo, Elizabeth Whealy, says this event has been going on for years and keeps getting better.

Volunteers and workers spent Wednesday morning carving pumpkins to light the way for ZooBoo. The Great Plains Zoo supplies the pumpkins, carving tools and outlines. People began carving 300 pumpkins around 7 a.m. and all were done before noon.

Businesses throughout Sioux Falls volunteer their time and hands to create pumpkin masterpieces. Around 115 volunteers participated in the Cut N’ Gut event.

Matt Mack works for Cigna; the company volunteered their time and hands today at Cut N’ Gut. He says this is his second year carving pumpkins and he loves it.

“You pick a pumpkin, carve one out, two out, three out, whatever. Go at your own pace and choose the difficulty level you like, and it works out really nice,” Mack said.

He also shared a few tips for carving a pumpkin.

“Be careful and make sure you’re poking deep enough holes when you’re following a stencil. I used my phone flashlight to see what the light would look like going through the pumpkin. Usually at home I put a phone or a battery powered light in it to see what it’s going to look like as I’m doing it to see if I was actually doing it right or if I’m going to have to fix something,” Mack said.

You can participate in ZooBoo too. Use your creative pumpkin carving skills to help the Great Plains Zoo celebrate ZooBoo. Your pumpkin masterpiece could win you a 4-foot plush giraffe.

To Enter the ZooBoo Pumpkin Carving Contest, bring your carved pumpkin to the Great Plains Zoo on Friday, October 25 between 9 – 11 a.m.

Pumpkins become property of the Zoo and will be displayed at ZooBoo at the discretion of zoo management. Entries will be judged on creativity, design and carving excellence by zoo staff members. All decisions are final. Each pumpkin is considered a single entry; contestants may enter more than once.

ZooBoo Event Dates:

  • Friday, Oct. 26 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. (The Zoo and Museum will close early at 3:30 p.m., with last admission at 2:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Oct. 27 from 3 – 7 p.m. (The Zoo and Museum will close early at 1 p.m., with last admission at 12 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Oct. 28 from 3 – 7 p.m. (The Zoo and Museum will close early at 1:30 p.m., with last admission at 12:30 p.m.)

Tickets are available at the Zoo or you can purchase them by clicking here.

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