Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival 2018 Facts


The excitement is building in Mount Vernon as the Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival prepares for the arrival of tractor-sized pumpkins to arrive for the Weigh-off next Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9 a.m – 4 p.m.
What is a Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off?
It’s all about farming the biggest, beefiest, burliest behemoth for the grand prize of $1500 cash and bragging rights for 2018.  Last year we had a record-breaking entry by Jim Sherwood whose Giant weighed 1,702 pounds-try to beat that!
Growers start lining up at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the weighing will begin at 1 p.m.  Winners will be announced at 4 pm!

The Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival

Voted the Second Most-Improved Weigh-off in the
World for 2017!

The GPC has about 110 sites world wide.  For most improved site we take the average weight of the top ten pumpkins for each site from the previous year (2016).  For Skagit their 2016 average top ten weight was 583.0 pounds and compare it to the present year (2017) average which was 973.7 pounds. Next we run a percentage of improvement which for each site. Skagit had an improvement percentage of 67.02% the second best improvement in average weight in the GPC for 2017.  

Using forklifts and special harnesses, the gargantuan gourds will be carefully placed on a 5-ton capacity, industrial-strength digital scale under the watchful eye of officials from the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers. Skagit Valley’s Giant Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Off will serve as an officially sanctioned Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) site.
The top two grandest gourds will be displayed in front of Christianson’s Nursery, Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23,
9 am – 6 pm at 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon, WA.
Interested in competing?   Download the forms here:
The Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival is proudly and officially sponsored by:
Christianson’s Nursery is an official Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) site. The GPC has about 110 sites worldwide. To learn more about the sanctioned record-recording group, click here:

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