Great Pumpkin Weigh Off

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Join us on Saturday, September 22nd to see if pumpkin growers have what it takes to win a prize for growing the biggest pumpkin. Cash prizes will be awarded.

On this day only, we will have a lot of giant pumpkins. All Pumpkin Patch activities will be open and can be enjoyed by all visitors.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR FOR THIS EVENT PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW

September 22, 2018
Starting at 10:00 am

ENTRANCE TO THE WEIGH-OFF IS FREE
Activity tickets are $5.00 each
Book of 15 tickets are $60.00 ($15.00 savings)
View all pumpkin patch activities HERE

IRVINE REGIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEE
Weekends $5.00 per vehicle
Please see Event Parking for details

2nd Annual Southern California

Giant Pumpkin Growers Forum

Members will provide an overview of how to grow a giant pumpkin from seed to harvest, including starting the seeds, plant maintenance, fertilizing and getting your giant pumpkin to the September weigh-off at Irvine Park Railroad.

                Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
                Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
                Where: Irvine Park Railroad
                                Miner’s Meadow

FREE giant pumpkin seedlings will be given to the first 30 families to sign in on the day of the event.  We will also give away door prizes including fertilizer and valuable seeds.

Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Prizes

1st Place: $5,000.00
2nd Place: $1,500.00
3rd Place: $800.00
4th Place: $300.00
5th Place: $100.00

New Grower of the Year: $250.00

Howard Dill Award “Prettiest Pumpkin”: $200.00 Gift Card

Youngest Grower: $100.00 Gift Card

Official Rules

  • The top 3 pumpkins must remain at Irvine Park Railroad through Monday, October 15th to be part of a special display. At the conclusion of the event, growers may collect their pumpkins and seeds. If contestant refuses to leave pumpkin, contestant will forfeit winnings.
  • Pumpkins must be grown, cared for, and entered by the weigh-off contestant.
  • Each contestant is limited to one entry.
  • In the event of a tie, prize money will be distributed equally among the tied parties.
  • Decisions of the judges are final in all cases.

Delivery of Entries

  • Growers are responsible for bringing their entries to the weigh-off by 8:00 am. Weigh-off staff will move pumpkins by forklift. All entries will be handled with care.

Pre-Registration Deadline

  • Pre-registration is due by September 16th. Please pre-register so we have an accurate count of entries. Your cooperation will help us run a well-organized event.

Special Thanks

We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors for donating to this year’s event

Become a Contestant!

If you prefer to contact us by phone, our telephone number is (714) 997-3968.

2018 WEIGH-OFF RESULTS

PlaceName, City and StateWeight of the pumpkinPrize
1stVince George, Santee CA1,327 lbs$5,000
2ndChris Dunn, Torrance CA1,283 lbs$1,500
3rdJohn Brinkley, Fullerton CA1,172 lbs$800
4thMike Prager, Ontario CA930 lbs$300
5thKevin Donahue, Mission Viejo CA689 lbs$100
6thEmory Carney, Camarillo CA615 lbs
7thBob Troy, Torrance CA477 lbs
8thBob McFall, Downey CA331 lbs
9thDean Chesmore, Buena Park CA230 lbs
10thDenis Savard, Anaheim CA207 lbs
11thMae Powell, Pasadena CA185 lbs
12thBrad Morgan, La Verne CA183 lbs
13thDominick Rayos, Whittier CA93 lbs
14thAllen Arshi, Anaheim CA7 lbs

SPECIAL PRIZES

CategoryName, City and StateWeight of the pumpkinPrize
New Grower of the yearDean Chesmore, Buena Park CA230 lbs$250
Prettiest PumpkinKevin Donahue, Mission Viejo CA689 lbs$200
Youngest GrowerDominick Rayos, Whittier CA93 lbs$100

2017 WEIGH-OFF RESULTS

PlaceName, City and StateWeight of the pumpkinPrize
1stChris Dunn, Torrance CA1,533 lbs$3,250
1stScott Henkin, West Sacramento1,533 lbs$3,250
3rdJohn Berndes, El Cajon770 lbs$800
4thJohn Brinkley, Fullerton672 lbs$300
5thBrad & Diane Morga, La Verne526 lbs$100
6thDenis Savard, Anaheim373 lbs
7thAnthony Swanson, Lake Elsinore242 lbs
8thMae Powell, Pasadena CA197 lbs
9thMike Prager, Ontario160 lbs
10thNathan Silva, North Tustin129 lbs
11thLisa Madaras, Rancho Cucomonga107 lbs
12thHermelidio Contreres, Puente96 lbs
13thAllen Arshi, Anaheim10 lbs

SPECIAL PRIZES

CategoryName, City and StateWeight of the pumpkinPrize
PrettiestJohn Berndes, El Cajon770 lbs$100 Gift Card
UgliestAnthony Swanson, Lake Elsinore242 lbs$100 Gift Card
YoungestAllen Arshi, Anaheim10 lbs$100 Gift Card
OldestMae Powell, Pasadena CA197 lbs$100 Gift Card

2016 WEIGH-OFF RESULTS

PlaceName, City and StateWeight of the pumpkinPrize
1stChris Dunn, Torrance CA1,452 lbs$2,500
2ndVince George, Santee CA1,082 lbs$1,000
3rdJohn Brinkley, Fullerton CA566 lbs$500
4thKevin Donahue, Mission Viejo CA311 lbs$300
5thJonis Smith, Mission Viejo CA215 lbs$100
6thTom Rogers, Mission Viejo CA207 lbs
7thHermelidio Contreras, Puente CA161 lbs
8thMae Powell, Pasadena CA160 lbs

SPECIAL PRIZES

CategoryName, City and StateWeight of the pumpkinPrize
PrettiestTom Rogers, Mission Viejo CA207 lbs$100 Gift Card
UgliestMae Powell, Pasadena CA160 lbs$100 Gift Card
YoungestJonis Smith, Mission Viejo CA215 lbs$100 Gift Card
OldestMae Powell, Pasadena CA160 lbs$100 Gift Card