As a child, I remember my Uncle taking me to a huge plot of land he owned in Rhinebeck near his home where he grew pumpkins ~ the largest pumpkins I had ever seen. Each year, I looked forward to taking a seat on his tractor, surveying rows of these uniquely shaped gourds. Here began a love of pumpkins ~ painting, carving, illuminating ~ and contests weighing-in the largest pumpkins of each season. Every October, The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, New York holds an annual World Pumpkin Weigh-Off, and the 2020 winner officially weighed-in on October 3rd at 1,982.5 pounds!
Sixteen pumpkin from all across the country were brought to compete in the 25th annual World Pumpkin Weigh-Off at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, with the winning grower, Andy Wolf, posing above with his winning pumpkin. The winning prize is $1,000. Cash prizes are also given to the second through sixth places. Wolf, a farmer from Little Valley, is not new to winning this Event, and his winning pumpkin will stay on display at the Great Pumpkin Farm until the end of the season.
Last year’s winner weighed 2,269 pounds, earning a state record. The Great Pumpkin Farm located at 11199 Main Street in Clarence, New York is open seven-days a week, from 10am till dusk through November 1, 2020.