GIANT PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF
Come see these heavyweight champion pumpkins stress the scales at Uesugi Farms 26th annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off. A slew of proud contenders from throughout the west coast will compete for over $25,000 in prize money. In a pay-by-the-pound system, the winner will receive $7 per pound for the champion pumpkin.
The massive pumpkins will be lifted with a forklift onto our giant electronic scale with a custom-built harness, under the watchful eye of officials from the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth International Competition organization.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
9:00 to 11:00 am — Check In
(deliveries after 11 am will not be eligible)
1:00 pm — Weighing
Awards immediately following
The grand champion pumpkin and other select pumpkins will be on display and available for photo opportunities through the month of October.
HOME OF THE 2013 WORLD RECORD WEIGHING PUMPKIN!!!!
1st Place – Leonardo Urena 1,937lbs Napa, CA.
2nd Place – Jim Sherwood 1,868lbs Mulino, OR.
3rd Place – Jose Ceja 1,718lbs Napa, CA.
Biggest Local (Santa Clara County) Don Bollinger 1,058lbs Monte Sereno, CA.
The winning pumpkins will be on display all month long. They will be carved and on display at the City of Morgan Hill’s Downtown Trick or Treat Event on Halloween from 5pm-7pm. Pumpkin growers may claim their seeds on the morning of October 23, 2016.
2016 Weigh-Off Prize Money
- 1st Place: $7.00 per pound
- 2nd Place: $2500
- 3rd Place: $2000
- 4th Place: $1500
- 5th Place: $750
- 6th Place: $750
- 7th Place: $750
- 8th Place: $750
- 9th Place: $750
- 10th Place: $750
- 11th – 20th Place: $75
- CA Record: $1,500
- Biggest Local (Santa Clara County): $500
- Best-Looking (audience vote): $500
WORLD RECORD BREAKER $30,000 PRIZE:
The winner will receive $7.00 per pound upon completion of our weigh-off.
If the winner breaks the world record – and holds it for the remainder of the 2013 season – he or she will receive an additional prize to bring their total winnings to $30,000 on November 1st. Example: a 2,000-pound pumpkin would receive $14,000 at the completion of our competition (2,000 pounds x $7 per pound = $14,000) plus an additional $16,000 on November 1st for a total of $30,000.
- CA Record: $1,500.00
- Biggest Local (Santa Clara County): $500.00
- Best-Looking (audience vote): $500.00
Pumpkin Buy Back Information
The 1st place winner becomes the property of Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch
2nd-20th place pumpkins are eligible for our Buy Back program, if chosen, at the following prices:
- 1,000 lbs. + = $1 per lb.
- 500-999 lbs. = $0.50 per lb.
- 0-499 lbs. = $0.35 per lb.
Only 2 pumpkins will be selected.
Agricultural Scholarship Fund
In addition to the prize money presented to the winners, Uesugi Farms will donate
the following amounts to the Michael Aiello Memorial Agricultural Scholarship Fund in Morgan Hill, CA.
- $1 per pound for 1st place winner
- $.50 per pound for 2nd. Place winner
- $.25 per pound for 3rd place winner
In memory of Michael Aiello 1979-2007
Delivery of Entries
Growers are responsible for bringing their pumpkins to the Weigh-Off site, Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch, between 9:00 and 11:00 am on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Deliveries after 11am will not be eligable to enter. Weigh-Off staff will handle all entries with care and transport pumpkins to the scales with a forklift and a specially-designed pumpkin strap that will not damage the fruit.
Become an Official Weigh-Off Sponsor
For out of town growers, we recommend the following Hotels:
Ramada Inn (408) 779-7666 or Economy Inn (408) 779-5390
To learn more about giant pumpkins, visit the growers forum at