Skagit Valley Pumpkin Festival 2018

It’s time to think big!  We hope this year will be bigger and better than ever!  Christianson’s Nursery is partnering with Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers (PNWGPG) to host the 8th Annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Festival games will be on site for fun to be had by all!

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off * Pony Rides * Face Painting * Family Carnival Games * Toad Races *
“Bat’s Incredible” Class * Giant Pumpkin Carving Demonstration * Pumpkin Doodling with Pauline
*The Scone Lady
*Beer Garden with beer by the Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery, sponsored by
La Conner Regional Foundation

What’s new for 2018?

  • A Beer Garden featuring local seasonal brews produced and served by Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery. The Beer Garden is proudly sponsored by the La Conner Library Foundation.
  • Christianson’s staff member, Fred Bell, will be carving a design on a giant pumpkin throughout the day, starting at 9 am, using only hand tools.

With a larger purse size, this year’s winner will receive $1500
for the largest giant pumpkin of the weigh-off!


First Place Giant Pumpkin Winner-$1500

2nd Place-$750 7th Place-$50
3rd Place-$500 8th Place-$25
4th Place-$200 9th Place-$25
5th Place-$100 10th Place-$25
6th Place-$50  
        Howard Dill Prettiest Pumpkin-$100


The Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth, a world-wide organization and designated to record world records, stated the following about Christianson’s Nursery 2017 Weigh-off:  “There were 107 sites for weigh-offs around the world in 2017.  Second place most improved site with a 67% from 2016 was Christianson’s Nursery Weigh-off in Mount Vernon, Washington.”

The Festival is sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers, Coastal Farm & Ranch, and Skagit Valley Food Co-op.  Christianson’s Nursery is an official weigh-off site for the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC).

Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival Mission Statement: In the spirit of fun and healthy competition, this goodwill event is designed to create awareness and interest in gardening while sustaining the exciting sport and critical thinking processes of propagating and growing giant pumpkins, squash and other giant vegetables with Skagit Valley and upcoming agricultural and neighboring communities.

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