Pumpkin growers set competition records
Above are Dave and Carol Stelts of Enon Valley, Pa., with their giant pumpkin. The pumpkin set the record for Pennsylvania at the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers’ recent competition.
Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers set a world record Oct. 14 at Parks Garden Center in Canfield. The club’s 23rd annual weigh-off produced the world-record average for the 10 heaviest pumpkins at a single location at 1,825 pounds per pumpkin.
Dave and Carol Stelts of Enon Valley, Pa., set the Pennsylvania record for heaviest pumpkin at 2,090.5 pounds. Finishing in second place was Karl Haist of Clarence Center, N.Y., at 2,003 pounds which is a New York state record.
Don Barron of LaSalle, Mich., was third at 1,867.5 pounds; fourth was Todd Cotterman of Fenton, Mich., at 1,794 pounds, and in fifth were Alan and Joan Gibson of Salem at 1,793 pounds. Glenna Rea of Massillon won the Howard Dill Award for best-looking giant pumpkin.
Lee and Derrick Zappa of Sharpsville, Pa., had the Pennsylvania record watermelon at 210.5 pounds. Bill Neptune of New Concord was second at 207.5 pounds.
Record for widest sunflower head were, for Ohio, Jerry Rose and Jerry Rose III of Huntsburg at 29 inches. Derrick Zappa of Sharpsville, Pa., set the Pennsylvania record with 28.5 inches.
Jerry Rose and Jerry Rose III also exhibited the heaviest tomato at 4.68 pounds and the heaviest Jack O’Lantern pumpkin at 139.5 pounds.
John Harnica of Dundee, Mich., exhibited the longest gourd at 135 inches.
Jerry Rose and Jerry Rose III were named “Grand Exhibitors.” “Best New Grower” went to Paul and Doreen Wishnok of Erie, Pa., with a 1,292.5 pound pumpkin.
Joel Holland of Sumner, Wash., set the North American record with a 2,363 pound pumpkin at Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Columbus Day.
For more information on the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpking Growers, visit the club’s website at www.ovgpg.com.