Vern Harvest

Vern Harvest is a signature event for the Mount Vernon Campus, during Colonials Weekend. On Saturday October 3rd, 2020 join us for some virtual Vern Harvest fun including pumpkin carving, s'mores dip, crafting and more. Be sure to follow @gwmvc and @studentlifeatGW for a chance to win prizes! Get your fall groove on early by listening to the official Vern Harvest Spotify Playlist!

Vern Harvest Photo



Virtual Activities

To prepare in advance for various activities you can find our downloadable step by step instructions and materials needed on each activity. Questions? Feel free to contact Kraemer Clayton.


Mini pumpkin painted with GW George mascot riding a deer

Pumpkin Art Contest

Let your creativity shine as we challenge you to create a Vern Harvest Pumpkin! You can carve a pumpkin, paint a pumpkin, draw a pumpkin, print out a coloring page of a pumpkin, or whatever your creative mind is able to dream!

All submissions must include:

  1. Clearly be a pumpkin! When the judges look over your submission, it should be clear that what you’ve presented is in fact, a pumpkin. (A drawing of a pumpkin, an actual pumpkin etc.)
  2. Your entry must include either the GW logo, or George the mascot
  3. Fall themes specific to your part of the world (leaves, surfing, whatever represents fall for you).

To be considered as a winner, your pumpkin creation must be submitted by October 2nd via Instagram DM to @gwmvc. Winner will be announced on Instagram, and notified on October 3rd on Instagram Live.

The winners will be chosen based on their ability to meet the criteria and think outside the box. The winners will also recieve some GW swag - more details coming soon!

Crafts & Food

Carved pumpkin with "GW"

IG Live: Pumpkin Carving with Friends

Feeling festive and want to learn how to carve a pumpkin? Join us on Instagram Live with @gwmvc and @studentlifeatgw on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET for a demonstration and some additional information on what to do with parts of your pumpkin you no longer need!

Download Post-Pumpkin Carving Ideas (PDF)

*If you are following along be sure to have a medium-large pumpkin, and a knife or carving tools.


S'Mores Dip

Delicious S'Mores Dip

A new twist on your favorite Vern Harvest treat, no firepit needed! This dish is the perfect addition to any fall feast.

Download S'mores Dip Recipe (PDF)