RAY VILLAFANE- World-renowned pumpkin carver and sand sculptor

Ray Villafane, visionary and patriarch of the Villafane Studios Sculpting Family was born in Queens, New York to Reinaldo Villafane and Virginia (Guzman) Villafane. He spent his childhood on Long Island and was raised alongside two sisters and one brother. At a very young age Ray showed a knack for art; a passion that his mother approvingly encouraged him to pursue. Throughout his academic career, Ray’s classmates and teachers also recognized his natural artistic abilities.

Pumpkin Creations

Ray’s hobby of pumpkin sculpting was brought to an entirely new level in 2007 when he was contacted by High Noon Entertainment and asked to participate in the Food Network’s Challenge Show, Outrageous Pumpkins. Ray competed as one of four professional pumpkin sculptors, impressed the judges enough to sweep all three rounds and was awarded the Grand Prize. Outrageous Pumpkins logged the highest ratings of any other Challenge episode, and a second invitation was extended to Ray in 2009. They wanted him to come back and defend his title in their Outrageous Pumpkins Challenge II. Ray defended his 2008 title and took home the 2010 Grand Prize from the Food Network’s Pumpkin Challenge II.

The exposure of Ray’s style, talent and creativity amassed an all-new appreciation for pumpkin carving, and his artistic take on the traditional jack-o-lantern has granted him invitations from across the globe for VIP Galleries (Very Impressive Pumpkins). From the President’s quarters in the White House to Bermuda’s Sousa’s Gardens, Ray’s pumpkins have gathered a cult-like following.

Enjoy two-hour interactive, hands-on carving experience with Ray Villafane will be great fun for you or the entire family.

Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited.
1 PUMPKIN 2 CHAIRS – $40 Early Bird Price
– $50 AFTER SEPT 1

Same Day Pricing: $60* To be sold the night of the event only starting at 5:00pm.
First come, first serve. Space includes 2 chairs.

*Each pumpkin comes with a Ray Villafane carving tool set (a $25 value!)

Reserve your table today by visiting the Desert Foothills Family YMCA | Contact Raye Gall 602-212-6298