A big time at Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers weigh-off

A big time at Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers weigh-off


Paul and Cheryl Fulk drove five hours, pulling a car trailer, to participate in the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers pumpkin weigh-off.

It was worth it, the Halifax, Pa. couple said, when the giant pumpkin they were towing was declared the heaviest pumpkin at the weigh-off. They estimated the pumpkin to weigh about 1,610 pounds, but it weighed in at 1,744.5 pounds, making it the winner of the event held Saturday at Park’s Garden Center.

Second place went to Quinn Werner, of Saegertown, Pa, with a pumpkin weighing 1,661.5 pounds. Werner estimated his pumpkin to weigh 1,424 pounds.

Cheryl Fulk started to get nervous at that point, because the Fulk pumpkin was estimated to be the heaviest, and Werner’s wasn’t estimated to be in the top three.

“I wasn’t sure [we would win] when Werner came in heavy,” she said. “Because his was above what we were estimated at.”

The Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers has 275 members and is a weigh-off for the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth. The commonwealth conducts more than 100 weigh-offs in many countries to determine the world champion.

Many giant pumpkin growers obtain seeds from past giant pumpkin winners, noted Tim Parks, owner of Park’s Garden Center.

However, the Fulk’s grew their giant pumpkin from seeds out of a 220-pound pumpkin. Though it wasn’t giant-sized, it was grown from the seed of a world record winner and pollinated with a flower from the same world record winner.

At its peak, the winning pumpkin grew nearly 50 pounds a night. It was still growing three to four pounds a night when the couple cut it off the vine.

Read more in Sunday’s Vindicator

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