VIDEO: Huge 1,300-pound pumpkin take first place Old Farm Market weigh off
The Carley family: Scott, left, two-year-old Cyrus, four-year-old Milana, and Kirstin, enjoy their victory at the Old Farm Market Oct. 13 for heaviest pumpkin. For more, see page 17.
(Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Manhandling the huge pumpkins onto the scale takes a fork lift and a crew. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Emcee Ron Barker, right, from Washington State, talks about growing pumpkins for competition. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) A harness is carefully slung around the market’s ‘Guess the Weight’ pumpkin before it is lifted. It turned out to weigh 570 pounds.
(Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Antonio Witzaney, six, enjoys a visit to the massive pumpkin pile at the Old Farm Market. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Ribbons, plaques, and prizes are all ready to be won. (Kelsey McLean/ Black Press) The craft table was busy during the festival. (Kelsey McLean/ Black Press) Gettting your face painted with a pretty design was one of the highlights of the day for many girls. (Kelsey McLean/Black Press)
The first-ever Great Pumpkin Weigh Off at The Old Farm Market saw behemoths of near legendary size from both sides of the border go head to head, with Canadian Scott Carley taking the win with his 1,311 pound pumpkin.
He won bragging rights, a plaque, a ribbon and $500 for his pains.
Second place went to Washington State’s Ron Barker, whose entry weighed in at 1,155 pounds. And, grown in Mill Bay, Glenn Dixon’s pumpkin finished third at 1,074 pounds.
It was a gorgeous fall day, with lots of brilliant sunshine and a massive pile of Jack ‘o’ lantern style pumpkins nearby to add to the atmospherE.
From 11 a.m onward, visitors and customers enjoyed free coffee, as well as hot dogs and ice cream cones for only 99 cents.
The weigh off started at 1 p.m. with local pumpkin farmers from all over the island bringing their biggest pumpkins to the competition.
There was also a chance to guess the weight of a big pumpkin and win prizes, plus face painting and pumpkin decorating for the kids.