On Saturday, 10/12, we weighed the World Record pumpkin at our Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off. It weighed 2,032 lbs. and was grown by Tim Mathison of Napa, CA. I’d like to congratulate the top five winners:
1st place: Tim Mathison – 2,032 lbs. – Current world record heaviest weight pumpkin Napa, CA 2nd place: Pete & Cindi Glasier – 1,784 lbs. – Napa, CA 3rd place: Russ Pingrey – 1,564 lbs. – Santa Rosa, CA 4th place & Heaviest Local Pumpkin (Santa Clara County): Vincent Zunio – 1,514 lbs. – Los Altos Hills, CA 5th place: Leonardo Urena – 1,503 lbs. – Napa, CA Best Looking Pumpkin: – Vernon Blaziek – Napa, CA
Check us out on the Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan show on Thursday 10/17. The pumpkin will be featured at The New York Botanical Garden’s Haunted Pumpkin Garden exhibition through Halloween. It will be carved by Ray Villafane on October 19-20. The master carver, featured on the Food Network, will transform humongous pumpkins into zombies and other unearthly creatures.
Rumor has it that the World Record Pumpkin will be weighed in this Saturday at Uesugi Farms 23rd Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Morgan Hill between 9am and 11am! Monday it will be shipped to “Kelly and Michael” for the show. For the past 8 years, Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park has been a certified weigh off site for the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. This year Uesugi Farms will be awarding the first place pumpkin with $7.00 per pound, with additional bonus money totaling $30,000.00 for a World Record Pumpkin.
The current world record is 2,009 pounds, grown by Ron Wallace. Ron’s record was set at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, MA on September 28, 2012. The current California State Record is 1,874.5 pounds, held by Tim Mathison of Napa. Mathison’s record was set at Elk Grove in October 2013. The largest pumpkin weighed at Useugi Farms is 1,647 pounds, grown by John Hawkley and was featured at the 2012 competition.
Don’t miss this year’s Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park. Hopefully, we’ll put our community on the map nationwide!
Don’t miss Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park’s 23rd Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 at 1pm. Check in from 9am – 1pm with awards immediately following. Winning Pumpkins are on display all month for photo opportunities.
Congratulations to the Top 5 Winners for 2012:
1st JOHN HAWKLEY 1,647 lbs.
2nd PETE & CINDI GLASIER 1,602 lbs.
3rd RON ROOT 1,520 lbs.
4th GARY MILLER 1,408 lbs.
5th RICHARD WESTERVELT 1,301 lbs.
A special thanks to our Giant Pumpkin Weigh off sponsors: Pinnacle Bank and Solar City.
Join us for the second annual Calabash Gourd Festival on October 12 & 13, 2013, sponsored by the Calabash Club of Silicon Valley. The event is held at Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch and features Make & Take classes for kids and adults, demonstrations, vendors, exhibits and great gourd art for sale by local artists! For more details, visit gourdfest.com.