Time before weighoff starts 9/24/22
approx. time for starting indoor seed.
Your fruit should be clean of soil and any chemicals used in your garden, do not add oil wax or other products to its skin. If you wish you can buff your entrée with a clean rag to improve its appearance. You need to supply a tarp or blanket under smaller entree’s for ease of lifting. Large pumpkins need to be on a pallet that has lifting holes for a forklift. Most growers put Foam board under the pumpkin. You may put the vine in a container of water to reduce evaporation, before the contest the crew will trim the vine to a proper size for weighing. The stem will count towards the weight but if its damaged or completely missing that will be ok. All rules by the GPC will be followed. This is a fun activity bring family and friends but follow any safety rules in place. We love to see new growers, and we don’t take ourselves to seriously they are pumpkins and everyone loves a pumpkin ,.
When you arrive there may be a line of growers waiting to be unloaded this is a good time to remove any straps holding down your pumpkin. You will be directed to the unloading area where experienced growers will unload you. Then you should go the the registration desk that will be near the scales, they will want your name, email, home address and the genetics of the entry, there is a fee of $25 to enter the contest. If you have over 4 fruits to be weighed, you will be charged $5 for for the fifth one and each additional fruit after it. Your fruit will be measured and the estimated weight recorded. When the event starts pumpkins will be weighed starting with the smallest. We would like to get a photo of you and your entry at the scales. After all fruits are weighed prizes awards and cash prizes will be handed out.. We will then reload your vehicle
You may want to rent trailers or trucks
Commercial lifting tarp. sturdy blankets and tarps may work
Trucks are sometimes packed with straw bales
Several methods can be used to lift your pumpkin
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