Come be amazed at the big-bellied, absurdly misshapen pumpkins that will be lined up at Christianson’s Nursery for a weigh-off at the fifth annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$1,000 goes for the biggest pumpkin, and cash prizes will be awarded to each of the next nine top pumpkins. The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth’s Howard Dill Award will be given to the “Prettiest Pumpkin,” voted by the public’s choice.
Other fun events during the day include:
• Giant cabbage contest with prizes
• Exhibition area to show off other giant vegetables and sunflowers from home and pumpkins grown by children
• “Bats Incredible!” a free talk by Kathleen Bander of Bats Northwest (11 a.m.; reservations requested at 360-466-3821)
• Random Acts of Food will provide sustenance (plenty of garden picnic spots on site)
• The ever-popular toad races
• Pony rides by Lang’s Traveling Ponies and face painting (for a small charge)
• Family carnival games
• Live Cajun and bluegrass music by Laurel Bliss and John Clark
• Christianson’s farm animals — llamas, sheep, bunnies, chickens, doves and fantail pigeons
Last year’s giant pumpkin winner weighed 1,450.5 pounds and its vine in the garden took up a space of 800 square feet (grown by Joel Holland of Sumner.)
A 703.5 pound giant squash (grown by Calli Halbert of Enumclaw) and a 92.5 pound marrow (grown by Bob Risi of Enumclaw) also tipped the scales. With the prolonged summer, how big will they be this year?
Entry forms for the giant pumpkin weigh-off and giant cabbage contest are available at Christianson’s Nursery or on its website, www.christiansonsnursery.com.