Watch the 'Michelangelo of Pumpkin Carvers'

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000004386" title="Martha Stewart" href="/topic/entertainment/television/martha-stewart-PECLB000004386.topic">Martha Stewart</a> called him "The Michelangelo of Pumpkin Carvers." Ray Villafane, grand champion of two <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP0000010453" title="Food Network (tv network)" href="/topic/economy-business-finance/media-industry/television-industry/food-network-%28tv-network%29-ORCRP0000010453.topic">Food Network</a> Outrageous Pumpkin Challenges, will demonstrate his craftsmanship at the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVFES0000132" title="Maryland State Fair" href="/topic/arts-culture/festive-events/maryland-state-fair-EVFES0000132.topic">Maryland State Fair</a>, Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, noon-8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekends (demonstrations held throughout day), in the Farm and Garden building. A graduate of the New York School of Visual Arts, Villafane began pumpkin carving while working as a teacher in Michigan. A hobby led eventually to a full-time gig, and Villafane's pumpkins have been commissioned from the White House and for <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002828" title="Heidi Klum" href="/topic/entertainment/heidi-klum-PECLB002828.topic">Heidi Klum</a>’s Annual <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVFES000167" title="Halloween" href="/topic/arts-culture/halloween-EVFES000167.topic">Halloween</a> Party.<br>
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See more of Ray Villafane's work at <a href="http://villafanestudios.com/" target="new">Villafane Studios website</A>

( Photo courtesy of Ray Villafane / August 20, 2012 )

Martha Stewart called him "The Michelangelo of Pumpkin Carvers." Ray Villafane, grand champion of two Food Network Outrageous Pumpkin Challenges, will demonstrate his craftsmanship at the Maryland State Fair, Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, noon-8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekends (demonstrations held throughout day), in the Farm and Garden building. A graduate of the New York School of Visual Arts, Villafane began pumpkin carving while working as a teacher in Michigan. A hobby led eventually to a full-time gig, and Villafane's pumpkins have been commissioned from the White House and for Heidi Klum’s Annual Halloween Party.

See more of Ray Villafane's work at Villafane Studios website

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