Somethin' Pumpkin

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Somethin' Pumpkin is an annual festival of all things pumpkin! Find great recipes, learn fun facts, and get involved with the Pumpkin Decorating and Photography Contest!

Did you know?

  • Pumpkins are grown primarily for processing with a small percentage grown for ornamental sales through you-pick farms, farmers' market and retail sales.
  • Pumpkins are a big part of fall and Halloween decorations and fall seasonal recipes.
  • Pumpkins are nutritious! They contain potassium and are rich in vitamin A and vitamin C. These nutrients help your vision, skin and immune system. 
  • The more orange the flesh, the more antioxidants and nutrients the pumpkin contains.
  • Select the right pumpkin for the job – Jack-o-lantern and other pumpkins for decorating or pie or sugar pumpkins for eating. 
  • Pumpkins are very versatile and can be used for baking, roasting, desserts, soups, stews, etc. 
  • The tradition of carving Jack-o-lanterns began in Ireland centuries ago by carving scary faces into turnips. This tradition changed to an American tradition, when they came to America. Here they found pumpkins which were larger and much easier to carve. 
  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  • Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack.
  • The name pumpkin originated from "pepon" – the Greek word for "large melon."
  • Pumpkins are a fruit, but legally they are considered a vegetable. We use them as both – a fruit and a vegetable.
  • In 2018, North Carolina ranked fourth in the U.S.  in pumpkin production. That is almost 94 million pounds of pumpkin. Illinois ranks number one in pumpkin production.
  • Pumpkins are a winter squash and are members of the vine crops family called cucurbits.  This family includes squash, cucumbers, cantaloupes, watermelons, and gourds.  
  • Pumpkins originated in Central America.
  • When properly cured and stored, pumpkins will last 2-3 months. 
  • Pumpkins are grown in six of the seven continents. They are not grown in Antarctica. 
  • In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  • Native Americans used the pumpkin flesh and seeds in many ways. They also dried flattened strips of pumpkin and made mats. 
  • Pumpkins range in size from less than a pound to over 2,000 pounds. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 2,624 pounds.
  • Pumpkins are 90 percent water.


October, 2018 - Nancy Abasiekong of the NC Cooperative Extension - Cleveland County Extension Center talks pumpkins with the host of Cleveland County Kitchen, Debra Blanton.

September, 2019 - Nancy Abasiekong returns to discuss pumpkins once more on Cleveland County Kitchen.

Visit for a link to every episode of Cleveland County Kitchens.


Pumpkin hummus is delicious and easy to prepare.

Pumpkin Hummus Recipe

These pumpkin muffins are great for any time of year!

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffin Recipe

Pumpkin fruit dip is a perfect sweet treat.

Pumpkin Fruit Dip Recipe

Want to make your own pumpkin puree for the recipes above? Click here for a recipe!

Or, click here for all 4 recipes together!

Pumpkin Decorating & Photography Contest

Click here for full contest rules

The Somethin' Pumpkin Decorating & Photography Contest is open to children and families who love to decorate! This year's we have a choice of themes: the Serafina series by Robert Beatty and the Biscuit series by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Decorate your pumpkin to reflect a character or scene from one either Serafina or Biscuit, then photograph your pumpkin and email your photo to


Pick up a free pumpkin at Mauney Memorial Library to start your decorating! (while supplies last)

All entries must be received by October 30th.