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Pumpkin Time In Utah

By Larry A. Sagers  |  Posted Sep 17th, 2011 @ 7:16am



 

From the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers

This is competitive pumpkin-growing and its practitioners call it alternately a sport and an addiction.

We would like to officially announce our weigh off for 2011. Our weigh off this year will be held at Thanksgiving Point on September 24th right in front of the water tower where we held it last year. Registration will go from 8:00 am to Pleasant 11:00 am. Judging will be from 11:00 am to Noon and then the weigh off will start at noon.

We hope that you will all bring your pumpkins to the weigh off this year. As long as your pumpkin is over 100 pounds we would love to see it weighed at Thanksgiving Point. The weigh off entry form along with the rules and regulations is available on their website. Please fill out the entry form and bring it with you to the weigh off.

We will need several volunteers to help out at the weigh off. We will need a lifting crew, a few to help move pumpkins to measurements, and a few for crowd control and other various jobs. If you are available to help out please call Kyle at 801-319- 9926. We would appreciate your help very much.

Long gourds, watermelons and tomatoes will also be included in this year's weigh-off. Entry forms and contest rules will be made available on the morning of the event.

Other Weigh Offs & Activities Around the State

October 8th - Vernal Weigh Off. Check in is 10:00, weigh off is 12:00.

October 15 or 22nd - Santequin Weigh Off

1st UGPG Reggatta - October 28th @ Liberty Park (or a body of water)

The GIANT PUMPKIN DROP - October 29th @ Hee Haw Farms (anyone who brings a giant pumpkin to drop will get a family pass to the park). This is a rare event and a wonderful fall activity.

Hee Haw Farms is looking for a few giants to be used to sponsor the charity pumpkin drop. Anyone interested in putting in for the sponsor drop needs to submit an estimated weight and current picture of the pumpkin to kylefox1@gmail.com. The sponsor drop is for the March of Dimes. 10 cents per pound of all pumpkins dropped will go to the March of Dimes. The sponsored giants are planned to be sold for $1 pound. For example: 1,000 lbs. = $1,000; $900 to the grower, $100 to March of Dimes or more if grower chooses.

This donation will be in the name of the sponsor. The sponsors will choose from the entries and pick up the pumpkin at the weigh off or Kyle Fox will make arrangements for pick up and delivery two weeks before the drop. The sponsor will enjoy the pumpkin at their place of business until the drop then Kyle will pick up and deliver to Hee Haw Farms.

FYI: Kyle has two moving trucks with lift gates and equipment.

Check here for more information and for past winners and entry forms. http://www.utahpumpkingrowers.com/index.html

Written by: Larry A. Sagers, Horticulture Specialist, Utah State University Extension Service, Thanksgiving Point Office

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