Uesugi Farms Internationally Sanctioned Pumpkin Weigh-Off scheduled Saturday, October 14th

3 giant colorful pumpkins.Uesugi Farms, a second-generation grower and one of California’s top producers of peppers, Napa cabbage and other produce, has announced that it will open its annual Pumpkin Park on Sunday, October 1. One of the Bay Area’s favorite fall attractions, the park draws over 100,000 visitors in the month of October, including many who come to watch its internationally sanctioned Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

“We look forward to the opening of the Pumpkin Park every fall,” said Pete Aiello, Uesugi Farms General Manager. “It brings back a lot of great memories for me. We’ve been hosting it since 1985, when my brother, Michael, and I got together with our dad’s business partner’s three boys, Mark, Bryan and Matt Humphreys. We were sent by our dads to a small plot of land just north of the current location to sell pumpkins beside the highway. The goal was just to keep us out of trouble, so it’s amazing what this month-long autumn celebration has become.”

The 60-acre Pumpkin Park offers a variety of free and paid attractions including a corn maze, a classic carousel, miniature train rides, an interactive experience called Butterfly Valley, pony rides and a petting corral. There are also weekend concerts and food and beverages are available every day.Scarecrow on hay bales.

“It’s great to see all the work we put into the park pay off in the form of excited kids and smiling adults,” said Crystal Melton, Pumpkin Park Manager. We love the opportunity to connect with our community and to provide a place where people can enjoy some good old-fashioned fun.”

Sanctioned by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, the 27th Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off will take place on Saturday, October 14, with weighing beginning at 1:00 p.m. Pumpkin growers from around the region will compete for over $25,000 in prize money, with the winner receiving $7 per pound for their pumpkin. Past weigh-offs at the Pumpkin Park have produced some notable results, including a World Record Pumpkin in 2013 weighing 2,032 pounds.

Open at 9:00 a.m. seven days a week, the park’s closing hours vary throughout the month. A detailed calendar is available at morganhillpumpkins.com. Admission and weekday parking are free. Weekend parking is $5 per vehicle. School tours are welcome.

World Record Pumpkin!

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.

World Record Pumpkin?

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!

23rd Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off

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.