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Pumpkin Weigh Off

The Pumpkin weigh off, sponsored by Libby’s Pumpkin, is a competition showcasing pumpkins of all sizes! Cash and prizes will be awarded for the Giant King Pumpkin, the Queen Pumpkin, the Tiniest Pumpkin and for pumpkins in some other fun categories as well!

Winning pumpkins will be on display in the front window of the former Heartland Bank building at the corner of Main and Adams. All other pumpkins will be on display along west Jefferson Street.  First Place winners will ride in the parade on Saturday morning!

 

2013 Information

Chairman:  Jim Ackerman
Date:  Tuesday, September 10
Time:  4:00 - 5:30 pm
Place:  Corner of First and Jefferson Streets
SponsorLibby's Pumpkin
 

2013 WINNERS

King: Morton Student
1st   Grant Gudeman - 114 pounds
2nd  Wes Gudman - 98 pounds
3rd Luke Gudeman - 88 pounds

Queen (½ the King): Morton Student
Jaqulin Pfiefer - 54 pounds

Tiniest: Morton Student
Tate Roley - .054 pounds

Closest to 48 Pounds Open
Mindy Vaunaken - 52 pounds

Open Class
1st Brexton Hall - 766 pounds
2nd Matt Guth - 762 pounds
3rd Jim Kightlinger - 332 pounds

 

The categories open to anyone are: 1. Open Class Giant Pumpkin  2. Mature Pumpkin Weighing exactly 47 pounds

The categories open to Morton children are:  1. Giant King Pumpkin  2. Queen Pumpkin (½ size of King)  3. Tiniest Pumpkin

The Open Class Giant Pumpkin winner will receive a $300 cash prize.

There is no pre-registration.  Register when you bring your pumpkin to the Weigh Off.

Weigh Off Rules:

1) The entry must be a minimum of 75% orange in color.  All others will be considered squash.

2) The specimen must be sound, healthy, and undamaged; free of rot, holes/cracks through to the cavity, chemical residue (fungicides), and serious soft spots.  

3) No foreign material is permitted to be included in the weighing.

4) Vine must be no longer than one inch from the stem of the fruit.  

5) The judges reserve the right to fully inspect each specimen before, or after, the weight is announced.  Refusal to allow the inspection of an entry will cause said entry to be deemed "exhibition only".

6) Winners are deemed officially determined upon the close of the Weigh-Off. 

7) In the event of a tie in a cash-prize category, the prize money for those two places will be combined and split equally. 

8) Growers will not be permitted to challenge or touch any other competitor's pumpkin.  

9) Decisions of the judges are final in all cases.  

10) The Morton Chamber of Commerce shall not be liable for compensation for loss or damage to any exhibit or personal property.

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