2018 Giant Pumpkin Festival


Congratulations to the Winner’s Circle
Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival


First Place: Gerry & Dani Gadberry (Team Gadberry), Battleground, WA:  #1322.5

Second Place: Jim Sherwood, Mulino, WA:  #1285.5

Third Place: Jack LaRue, Tenino, WA:  #1234

Fourth Place: Jeff Uhlmeyer, Tumwater, WA:  #1173.5

Fifth Place: Dick Kilburn, Anacortes, WA:  #945.5

Sixth Place: Mike Radach, Camano Island, WA:  #885

Seventh Place: Monte Wetzel, Puyallup, WA:  #875

Eighth Place:  Geoff Gould, Mount Vernon, WA:  #748.5

Ninth Place: Joan De Vries, Mount Vernon, WA:  687.50

Tenth Place:  Patrick Obukowicz, Ferndale, WA:  #612


2018 Top 10 Average: #976.9

2017 Top 10 Average: 973.7

Difference: +3.20 Pounds




It’s Time to Think BIG!

Saturday, September 22, 2018,  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Christianson’s Nursery is partnering with Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers (PNWGPG) to host the 8th Annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival. 


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

Christianson’s staff member, Fred Bell, will be carving a design on a pumpkin throughout the day, starting at 9 am.

This year’s winner will receive $1500
for the largest pumpkin of the weigh-off!
First Place Giant Pumpkin Winner $1500
 2nd Place-$750
3rd Place-500
4th Place $200
5th Place $100
6th Place $50
7th Place $50
8th Place $25
9th Place $25
10th Place $25
George Dill Prettiest Pumpkin $100 

The Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth, a world-wide organization designated to record world records, stated: 


“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.”


Do you have a giant pumpkin to enter in the Weigh-off?

Download it here:

PNWGPG Weigh-Off Entry Form


Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers, with Coastal Farm & Ranch, Skagit Valley Food Co-op.  Christianson’s Nursery is an official weigh-off site for the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC), an international organization, who are sanctioned to submit giant pumpkin world records!









2017 Skagit

Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival

The Results Are In!


What a spectacular participation and weigh-off event at the Nursery last Saturday!  Congratulations to the winners (listed below) for growing the biggest giant pumpkins to ever be entered into the weigh-off!

First place winner and new record holder, Mr. Jim Sherwood with a 1,702-pound giant, goes to Coastal Farm Supply in Mount Vernon to be displayed throughout October.   Second place winner, Ms. Cindy Tobeck with a 1,526-pound winner, is now featured at the produce department at the Skagit Valley Co-op.  Both of these pumpkins shattered our old Nursery record of a 1450-pound pumpkin in 2014!

Place                Grower Name                     City                      State/Prov                     Weight (lbs)

1                        Sherwood, Jim               Mulino,                       Oregon                          1,702.00
2                        Tobeck, Cindy               Olympia,                  Washington                     1,526.00
3(EX)               Uhlmeyer, Jeff              Olympia,                  Washington                     1,510.50
4                        Holland, Joel                 Sumner,                  Washington                     1,452.00
5                           Roof, Lee                    Coupeville,               Washington                     1,050.00
6                       Kilburn, Dick                Anacortes,                Washington                        898.50
7                       DeVries, Joan              Mt. Vernon,               Washington                        664.50
8                        Barker, Ron               Bonney Lake,             Washington                        642.00
9                       Pelletier, Jeff          North Vancouver,      British Columbia                  629.00
10                   Robison, Michael               Deary,                          Idaho                             604.00
11                      Pringle, Monte             Wenatchee,                Washington                       569.00
12(EX)              Risi, Robert                Enumclaw,                 Washington                       489.50
13                    DeVries, Harm            Mt. Vernon,                Washington                       444.50
14                     Joyner, Ryan                 Graham,                    Washington                       432.00
15                      Risi, Robert                 Enumclaw,                 Washington                       404.00
16                      Chun, Jason                  Tukwila,                    Washington                       383.50
17(SQ)              Barker, Ron               Bonney Lake,               Washington                      339.00
18                Camparmo, Maurizio        Langley,                 British Columbia                 334.50
19                     Radach, Matt            Camano Island,             Washington                      186.00
20(SQ)            Risi, Robert                  Enumclaw,                  Washington                      156.00
21                   Radich, Steve             Mount Vernon,               Washington                      150.00
22               Snodgrass, Glenn                Lynden,                     Washington                       129.50

Another special thanks to our sponsors who not only supported the Festival the way sponsors do, and for encouraging the hobby of giant pumpkin growing in our agricultural community!!


It’s time to think big!



2018 Giant Pumpkin (of all colors) Entry Form

2017 Giant Fruit and Vegetable Registration Form






Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival Mission Statement:To create an awareness and interest in gardening within our Skagit Valley community in the spirit of fun and healthy competition. 


Results: 2016 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-in

The weigh-off had 11 big-bellied entries in what turned out to be a lovely Fall day. Their official weights were ranked as follows:

1st place    1,165 pounds         Grown by Dick Kilburn of Anacortes, WA, $1,000 prize

2nd place   918 pounds           Grown by Harm DeVries of Mount Vernon, WA, $500 prize

3rd place  897.5 pounds         Grown by Lee Roof of Coupeville, WA $300 prize

4th place  701 pounds             Grown by Bob Risi of Enumclaw, WA $150 prize,

5th place   504.5 pounds         Grown by Joan Devries of Mount Vernon, WA $75 prize

6th place   462 pounds            Grown by Brandon Clayton of Glenoma, WA, $50 prize

7th place   431 pounds             Grown by Brian Halbert, of Auburn WA, $50 prize

8th place   278 pounds            Grown by Matt Radach of Camano Island, WA, $25 prize

9th place   248.5 pounds         Grown by Glenn Snodgrass of Lynden, WA, $25 prize

10th place  224 pounds           Grown by Mike Radach of Oak Harbor, WA, $25 prize

The Howard Dill award for the “Prettiest Pumpkin” went to Joal Holland of Sumner. In addition to giant pumpkins, giant squash, sunflowers, field pumpkins and tomatoes were displayed.


Thanks to 2016 sponsors