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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ray Villafane's Impact

It is hard to imagine you haven't come across some of Ray Villafane's work.

In 2007, he won the Grand Prize in the Food Network’s Challenge Show, Outrageous Pumpkins, for which he was invited by High Noon Entertainment, along with three other professional pumpkin carvers. After an invitation to defend his title of professional pumpkin carver in 2009, he took home the 2010 Grand Prize again.

Ray's victory did not go unnoticed. After winning the first Food Network’s Pumpkin Challenge Show, he was contacted by Sultans of Sand in 2008, a Florida based sand-sculpting company and asked to partake in their annual holiday sand sculpting project in Jesolo, Italy.

He accepted the invitation and created his first sand sculpture which immediately led to invitations from around the globe for sand sculptures like the St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, and the World Championship of Sand sculpting Competition in Federal Way, Washington.

He made his appearance on the CBS Evening News, even carved in and for The White House in 2010, and his pumpkin pictures made it into Rosebud Magazine.

He lend his participation to the Food Network mini-series Halloween Wars, was a guest on the Martha Stewart Show, Right This Minute News, The Weather Channel, The Travel Channel, and Halloween Crazy in October 2011.

And as if this list isn't remarkable enough yet, there is more to come!

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