World record veg­etable at Pump­kin­fest?

Shoreline Beacon - - Front Page - Frances Lear­ment Editor

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

Frances Lear­ment/ShorE­linE BEa­con filE photo

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.

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