Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, September 18, 2021

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We wholeheartedly welcome fall for its brisk winds and autumnal color which serves as a seasonal backdrop for the Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This in-person event celebrates agritourism with a Weigh-Off competition for pumpkin-growing hobbyists and all who grow oversized exhibition veggies and sunflowers. Enjoy this free, family-fun event and a chance to win cash prizes for the most gigantic pumpkins:

2021 Pay Schedule:

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
Howard Dill Prettiest Pumpkin $100
Ugliest Pumpkin $25
Christianson’s Nursery is an official weigh-off site for the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC), an international organization, who is sanctioned to submit giant pumpkin world records.


Schedule of Events

9 a.m. – noon
 Entries for the Weigh-Off accepted
Watch the parade of deliveries


9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
 Enjoy family orientated gamed and festivities and carnival games including the
A-maze-ing Hay Maze with Mount Vernon’s Camp Korey


10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Beautiful Face Painting & Balloon Fairy ($5 cash only),
toad races, and carnival games


11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Seasonal bites with Waffles in Paradise & coffee by Beaver Tales Coffee


Noon – 3 p.m.
Bluegrass music by Laurel Bliss, John Clark, and Andy Rick


Noon – 4 p.m.
Giant Pumpkin and Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off
Prizes to be given away throughout the Weigh-Off


4 p.m.
The winner of the SVGPF Weigh-Off announced


Click here to download an entry to submit your pumpkins, squash, super-size garden vegetables (zucchini, tomatoes, gourds), and flowers in this year’s Weigh-Off
*Masks are required when indoors and inside the greenhouses.  Mask are encouraged to be worn outdoors during the Weigh-Off. 

A special thanks to our dedicated sponsors for their financial support:


Gordon Skagit Farms

Coastal Farm & Ranch

Skagit Valley Co-op,

and the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers

Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off Winners 2020

Joel and Mari Lou Holland, of Sumner, Washington

Our glass ceiling has been shattered!

Congratulations to Joel and Mari Lou Holland for setting a new Nursery record for the heaviest pumpkin weighing in at 1,924 pounds!

This pumpkin can be seen at Christianson’s Nursery through the weekend then relocated to @GordonSkagitFarms in Mount Vernon as early as next week.




First Place: Joel and Mari Lour Holland,
Sumner, WA   #1,924

Second Place: William Beauchere, Mill Creek, WA   #959

Third Place: Dick Kilburn, Anacortes, WA   #810

Fourth Place: Matt Radach, Camano Island, WA  #649

Fifth Place: Brian Romano, Stanwood, WA  #542

Sixth Place: Steve Radich, Mount Vernon, WA  #474

Seventh Place: Joan DeVries, Mount Vernon, WA  #371

Eighth Place: Joseph Romano, Stanwood, WA  #318.5

GPC Catagories:

1st Place Green Squash: Steve Radich, Mount Vernon, WA  #474

1st Place Field Pumpkin: Geoff Gould, Kirkland, WA  #89.5

Largest Garden Fruits & Vegetable

Largest Watermelon: Brett & Brittany Kreuger, Tacoma, WA  #120

Largest Tomato: Ron Barker, Puyallup, WA  #1.26

Largest Kohlrabi: Candy DiThomas, Monroe, WA #4.34


A special note of thanks to the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers Club and Club Representative Geoff Gould.

The Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth, a worldwide 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 67% from 2016 was Christianson’s Nursery Weigh-off in Mount Vernon, Washington.”