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 1st Ever GUTS Pittsburgh pumpkin carving competition, hosted by AIGA Pittsburgh in partnership with Wall-to-Wall Studios. 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® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The competition is open to local and regional creative professionals that 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, the silent auction at the event, food, drink and merch sold 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.
It's completely free to attend. Find out more here.
3:30 p.m. CARVER SET UP Carvers arrive at Penn Brewery, park and set up their carving stations.
4:00 p.m. READY, SET, CARVE! Carving begins and guests are welcome to arrive! 90 minutes of furious pumpkin carving action ensues. In addition to carving — the photobooth, kids activities, merch store, and bar will be open. DJ Matt Buchholz will be providing the tunes.
5:30 p.m. CARVING ENDS / STATION PREP Carving ends. Carvers prep their stations for judging and silent auction, and are then asked to leave their spaces. People can start casting their "People's Choice" votes at anytime.
5:45 p.m. SILENT AUCTION AND JUDGING 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.
6:05 p.m. SILENT AUCTION ENDS / AFTER PARTY BEGINS Those winning silent auctions can take their pumpkins. Then, join us for drinks, food, and tunes after the event from 6-8 pm. A portion of proceeds from the after party will benefit Make-A-Wish, so eat and drink up! Live music will be provided by Instead of Sleeping.
6:45 p.m. WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Will announce Team, Individual, and People's Choice winners and award trophies and prizes. Enjoy the tunes, and stay and celebrate (or drown your sorrows in a beer) as long as you like!