GUTS is a friendly pumpkin carving competition that was organized and created by CRAFTED, a marketing agency in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is co-hosted alongside AIGA. GUTS has now gone national, with the GUTS Orlando pumpkin carving competition, hosted by AIGA Orlando. The primary goal of this event is to unify the creative community in support of the kids who fight the real fight everyday at Make-A-Wish® Central and Northern Florida.
The competition is open to local and regional creative professionals who want to test their pumpkin carving skills, and more importantly, raise money for the brave kids of Make-A-Wish. We raise money through the carver's registration fees and the silent auction at the event. For those who can't make it or would like to do a little extra, we invite anyone, anywhere, to contribute to a wish by donating.
Registration is now open! We welcome competitors from all aspects from the creative profession - designers, developers, art directors, artists, architects, photographers, and more are all welcome! Sign up as an individual or compete as a team of up to 4 individuals. Each participant or team must provide their own pumpkin and carving tools. Participants will compete for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place and a chance to win the GUTS trophy for a year and all the bragging rights that come with it. Sign up to be a carver today!Sign up to be a carver!
Want to help make a child's wish come true? Sign up to be an awesome volunteer at the first ever GUTS Orlando benefitting Make-A-Wish! We need to fill spots for set up, clean up, check in, silent auction, and silent auction sales.
GUTS is a friendly pumpkin carving contest featuring some of orlando's finest creatives! If you aren't carving, there is plenty to watch and do at GUTS. The event is free to attend and is open to everyone — guests, families, and children are welcome.
Watch the "Iron-chef" style carving action live and up-close — we can assure that you'll be amazed at the creativity! Each carvers table has "trick-or-treats" to share!
We've chosen impartial judges to determine winners in the competition. Judging will take place after the 90 minutes of carving and all pumpkins are set up for judging.
Carvers arrive, park, and set up their carving stations. Guests are welcome to arrive. The photobooth, kids activities, food trucks and bar will be open.
Carving begins! 90 minutes of furious pumpkin carving action ensues. "People's Choice" voting can be done at any time. Trick or treating at carving tables is open.
Carving ends. Carvers have fifteen minutes to prep their stations for judging and silent auction, then asked to leave their spaces.
Judges will be making their rounds, scoring each entry. Bidders can begin placing their bids in the silent auction. People can continue casting their "People's Choice" through the end of silent auction and judging.
We'll announce the judged winners and "People's Choice" winners and award trophies and prizes. Winners can pick up their pumpkins between now the end of the event. Stay and celebrate (or drown your sorrows in a beer) as long as you like!
Stay and listen to live music! Don't forget to visit the bars and food trucks!
That's all folks. See you at GUTS Orlando 2017!
The event will be held in the Milk District behind Space Bar at:
2424-2423 E Robinson St
Orlando, FL 32803
Parking locations will be updated closer to the event.
If there are any questions about the rules that are not answered here, please contact us. We will respond to each question received.
If you join as an individual carver you will be competing against others within the individual category only. Your entry may incorporate a single pumpkin or multiple pumpkins.
Each team is made up of 2-3 participants. The entire team works together on a single entry that should incorporate multiple pumpkins (at least one per team member) and will be judged against others within the team division.
Every judge gives each entry a score in the range of 1-10 (1 being the worst, 10 being the best). Each entry will receive a cumulative score in the range of 4-40.
Additionally, in order to reward big money earners, the carving bringing in the highest auction bid will get an additional 1.5 pts, bringing your possible scoring total to 5.5 - 41.5. Our goal with this rule is to reward the entry that raises the most money and help break any ties. We hope you have fun with this and see what you can do to invite the highest bids possible!
Additionally, we take a close look at enforcing the rules to ensure a fair playing field. If your team is caught breaking any rule, then we will take a 1.5 point deduction off of your total. Be careful and make sure you are aware of all rules!
1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are determined and announced.
Additionally, the team receiving the highest cumulative score will be awarded the official GUTS trophy. We will engrave the trophy with your name on it and bring it to your office where you can enjoy display and bragging rights for one year. We will then pick up the trophy next year to give to the new winner.
In addition, we are including a People's Choice award! This will ensure that all voices are heard from your peers and the audience. Everyone at the event will be able to cast a vote.
By entering you are forfeiting your creation to the cause. Unless you are the high bidder for your own pumpkin, you will not be taking your creation home, unless no one bids on your pumpkin, in which case you are responsible for removing it from the premises.