Sunday, October 08, 2006

Photo Essay of the Elk Grove Weigh-off
Good afternoon, Pumpkinistas!
I've often wondered what other weigh-offs are like. So, starting our drive Friday afternoon, October 6th, Lauren and I visited the 12th Annual Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off and Vegetable Contest. It was held as part of the Elk Grove Fall Festival in Elk Grove Park. The weather was a little crisp when we arrived early Saturday morning to see the entries unloaded from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.. Since Elk Grove is the only GPC-sanctioned (Giant Pumpkin Conference) event in California, it draws growers from all parts of California who want official GPC recognition of their efforts. In addition to the pumpkins, there were competitions for tomatoes, cantaloupe, long gourds, sunflowers, and watermelons. But, the main event was the giant pumpkin weigh-off. A new California state record was set yesterday afternoon of 1,280 pounds, by Gary Miller of Napa. It was great fun and pretty exciting to witness, and I learned a lot!
I hope you enjoy the photos!
Have a great afternoon,