“PumpkINN” Carving Competition Draws Regional Artists With Proceeds Benefiting Benton Harbor Public Library

The Inn at Harbor Shores is proud to host an inaugural “PumpkINN” Carving Competition benefiting The Benton Harbor Public Library on October 28-30, 2015.  This competition has drawn carving artists from as far as Ohio and is part of a series of “Halloweekend” events presented by Bud Distributing.

The event kicks off with two artists live carving on Wednesday and Thursday, October 29th and 30th. Each artist has also been commissioned for a masterpiece pumpkin display that will be pre-carved.  People’s choice live voting takes place on Thursday evening followed by a people’s choice social media vote via Facebook and Twitter on Friday, October 30th.  This is a free event for attendees and is hosted on the porch at Plank’s Tavern, the onsite restaurant at The Inn at Harbor Shores.

Titus Arensberg
Three time Ohio State Food Art Champion and People’s Choice Champion from The Carve in Holland and Jack Hannah Pumpkin Carving Championships.

Jon Michaels
People’s Choice Champion from Holland’s The Carve 2015

Shannon Gerasimchik
People’s Choice Champion from Jack Hannah Pumpkin Carving Championships 2015

William Wilson
First place Professional from Jack Hannah Pumpkin Carving Championship 2015

With special thanks to Bud Distributing, IMS Insurance Management Service, and Fifth Third Bank, 2015 Halloweekend festivities include:

Wednesday, October 28
-Live artist carving
-Spooky Stories presented by the Benton Harbor Public Library 6PM-7PM Costumes encouraged. Candy & Hot Chocolate provided FREE EVENT
-Purchase Halloween Costume Ball tickets at The Inn all day for only $5

Thursday, October 29
-Live artist carving
-Vote for your favorite Artist Carved Pumpkins at Plank’s Tavern 5PM-12AM. One free vote for all attendees; additional ballots purchased benefit The Benton Harbor Public Library
– Enjoy Fall cocktails & buffet in Plank’s Tavern. A portion of the proceeds from the buffet will be donated to the library.

Friday, October 30
-Vote for your favorite Artist Carved Pumpkins on social media ALL DAY.

Saturday, October 31
-Halloween Costume Ball 8PM-12AM Guestroom Packages (Including Two Costume Ball Tickets) Available

About Harbor Shores
Harbor Shores is Lake Michigan’s first beach, golf, and waterfront community, located just 90 minutes east of Chicago in Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Michigan. The community’s central amenity is an 18-hole, public Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, host of the 2012, 2014, 2016, & 2018 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Harbor Shores’ newest addition is The Inn at Harbor Shores with a full calendar of events and world class features and amenities such as deep-water marina, harbor side dining, meeting and event space, rooftop terrace, a full service spa, health and fitness center and a public river walk connecting to 12 miles of recreational trails. Harbor Shores will be home to nearly 500 residences, including charming cottages, signature homes, town homes and condominiums. Current real estate opportunities include golf and riverfront home sites, riverfront cottages, golf view homes and condominiums. Visit and

For more information contact Brianne Schmidke at or 269-408-9112.