World record vegetable at Pumpkinfest?
As Port Elgin gears up for Pumpkinfest 31, rumours that a World record giant vegetable — possibly a watermelon — will be entered in one of two giant vegetable weigh offs, the centre pieces of the Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 weekend of family fun, are spreading like weeds.
Pumpkinfest Coordinator Joanne Robbins, GM of the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce, hinted at the possibility of a World record in a Sept. 7 telephone interview.
“A grower from Michigan gave me fair warning that there may be World record weight with one of his Pumpkinfest entries,” Robbins said, adding the grower would not identify what giant vegetable he is nurturing, but she suspects it might be a watermelon. (Last year, a 199.5 pound watermelon grown by Michigan’s Marvin Mitchell took first place and a $200 prize at Pumpkinfest.)
“I’m also hearing that we get get more growers from Quebec this year because a weigh off there apparently was cancelled,” Robbins said, adding she’s also expecting a big turnout for the [Cinderella’s Carriage Classic] car show.
“Of course, all this is weather-dependent, so I’m praying for good weather,” she said, noting the always popular pumpkin seed-spitting contest Sept. 30 after the opening ceremony is sponsored this year by 7ACRES Pharmaceuticals, the Tiverton cannabis cultivator.
“Growers and growers — what a good fit,” Robbins said, adding she’s looking forward the Mad Science show, a new event this year that will bring a mobile lab of cool equipment to spark excitement about science. Bruce Power is sponsoring another new event, a pumpkin chainsaw carver, and Boston Pizza is staging a volleyball tournament.
“Pumpkinfest Village is in downtown Port Elgin again this year and we’ll have the shuttle service, and are bringing back the favourites - the petting zoo, Petit Chef, non-stop entertainment on the Bruce Telecom stage, and the Bruce Power Harvest Star Search contest,” Robbins said, inviting youth under-18 to showcase their talents.
Pumpkinfest kicks off Sept. 29 with a eighth Pumpkinfest Pub-kin Crawl sponsored by Grey Bruce Airbus that will shuttle participants with a $5 wristband to local licensed establishments for food, entertainment and drink specials.
Robbins said the Chamber’s annual Labour Day fireworks show that was cancelled twice due to bad weather, may light up the skies over Pumpkinfest.
“We’re talking about options with the Fire Chief and the fireworks company (PyroWorld) about rescheduling the show - Saturday night is wide open and fireworks might be a great addition to Pumpkinfest,” Robbins said.
For Pumpkinfest details visit http://www.pumpkinfest.org
Todd Kline of Shawville Quebec was delighted when his pumpkin tipped the scale at 1,877 pounds to set a Canadian record last year at the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth Weigh Off in the Bruce Power Growers Tent at Port Elgin Pumpkinfest. Rumours that a giant vegetable of World record weight - possibly a watermelon - will be entered at this year’s 31st Pumpkinfest Sept. 30- Oct. 1 in downtown Port Elgin are spreading like weeds.
Chamber of Commerce fireworks cancelled twice due to bad weather Labour Day weekend in Port Elgin may be rescheduled to this year’s Port Elgin Pumpkinfest, Sept.29-Oct.1. This photo, taken by Adam Koebel, won first place in the Event category in the 2014 Pumpkinfest photography contest.