I am on the board of our community pool. We have several events throughout the year, one of them being a fall festival/kids halloween party. Our budget is very very tight. I would like to include a pumpkin carving contest and have small pumpkins for the children to paint at the festival. It is a large, sunny property with ample space to grow our own. In the past I have failed on pumpkins at home- they always rot out on the bottom as soon as they begin to color up. This may be due to excessive irrigation (plants at the pool will in general not be watered, but have to fend for themselves).
I'm zone 7/8 piedmont nc, very hot summers, maybe wet, maybe bone dry.
Any tips are appreciated! Especially concerning the rot issue.