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Knives Out — It’s the Crimson Carving Contest! 

Who says Friday the 13th has to be unlucky? This year it’s the start of the annual Crimson Carving Contest, and you and your UA-themed pumpkin might take home the prize. Try your luck, and your skill!  

Take a photo and submit your photo, name and location to, or submit your pumpkin by tagging UA and using hashtag #CrimsonCarvingContest on Twitter or Instagram by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 30. The winner will be announced on Halloween via UA’s social media platforms.

What You Need to Know 

Pumpkins must feature an image related to The University of Alabama. Create your own design or use one of the templates provided below. 

 If you want to show off your skills on social media, don’t forget to tag UA and use the hashtag. 

 By submitting your pumpkin photo via email or hashtag, you consent to your photo potentially being republished. 

The pumpkin must be a real pumpkin and must be carved. Painted, foam or craft pumpkins will not be eligible. 

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Crimson Carving Contest Rules 

ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open to all UA fans located within the United States. 

TWO WAYS TO ENTER: (a) Submit a photo of your Bama-themed pumpkin to with your name and location, or (b) Post your photo on social media, tagging The University of Alabama and using #CrimsonCarvingContest. Entries must be the sole work of the contestant. 

Entries may not include: (a) obscene, indecent, discriminatory, or insensitive depictions or images; (b) profanity or other material deemed inappropriate or offensive. If an entry includes any of the prohibited elements above, the entry and contestant will be disqualified. 

**By submitting an entry, the contestant acknowledges that the entry may be posted on UA’s website or social media channels. Not all entries are guaranteed to be posted. 

PRIZES: one (1) Grand Prize winner will be awarded a prize pack from The University of Alabama Supply Store along with the opportunity to act as the judge in next year’s competition. Two (2) Honorable Mentions will be awarded a Where Legends Are Made mini-prize pack provided by UA’s Division of Strategic Communications. 

JUDGING: Entries will be evaluated by the social media team within UA’s Division of Strategic Communications.

University of Alabama Pumpkin Carving Templates

Use one of these or create your own design.