Arizona Giant Pumpkin Growers


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The Arizona State Fair to Host
2nd Annual Arizona Fall Giant Vegetable Championships
October 6, 2018 at 11:00 am

The Arizona State Fair's Department of Horticulture will once again be hosting the Arizona Fall Giant Vegetable Championships during the first weekend of this year's State Fair.

Amateur growers will join with fairy-tale-believing children, and their parents, on Saturday, October 6, at 11 a.m. to lift giant pumpkins, giant squash, and even giant tomatoes and carrots onto the scale. Last year's Grand Champion, Scott Culp of Sierra Vista, brought a 450 pound pumpkin to the scale – just missing the chance to set a new Arizona record. Additionally, last year's Fair guests were treated to a 313.5 pound Arizona record for heaviest squash.

The Arizona Giant Vegetable Championship is an official Arizona State Fair event. The Arizona Giant Pumpkin Growers Association (AZGPG), in conjunction with the State Fair, sponsors both a spring and a fall giant vegetable competition to allow all amateur horticulturists a chance to show their giant vegetables to the community. The competition also provides gardeners the chance to earn the title of "Grand Champion Grower" in Arizona. The award is presented at the close of the State Fair for the heaviest vegetable grown in Arizona.

"We saw some amazing pumpkins last year and look to see some giants again this year." said Dean Baker, President of the AZGPG. Baker, a Scottsdale gardener, is the current Arizona record holder for growing the heaviest pumpkin (486 pounds) during the 2015 season.

"It is always fun to see people's faces, especially the children, when they see the pumpkins for the first time," said Baker.  "We encourage people to take pictures with the pumpkins – and we even allow the smaller children to climb on top of our pumpkins."

Gardening continues to grow as a hobby and amateur horticulturists proudly show off not only their prize winning specimens, but also take joy in showing people their unusually large plants, which they either cultivated -- or just forgot about under the leaf canopy.

"The weigh-off is a celebration of our gardener's hard work and is a fun way to close out the Valley's spring season," said Cheryl Bebbington, Coordinator of the Arizona State Fair Department of Horticulture. "It's a great family event; and we hope people enjoy the awesome pumpkins and are inspired to grow their own giant vegetable next season."

International rules require that each entry must be grown by the exhibitor. Only the largest fruit or vegetable entered by the exhibitor is eligible for a prize. Other entries brought by the exhibitor will be considered as exhibition and will be officially weighed and exhibited, but will not be eligible for ribbons or awards. All exhibits are welcome!

All entries (unless easily moved by two people) must be on a pallet to facilitate the unloading process. All entries must be healthy and must be free of rot, holes/cracks that go through to the cavity, chemical or fungicide residue and serious soft spots.

No previously weighed fruit may be considered as competition. All entries will be judged before being weighed in, and the judge's decision is final.

The entry fee is $25 per exhibitor. (The fee is collected to offset the cost of maintaining, or renting, the equipment to move, or weigh, the vegetables). The entry fee is waived for paid members of the Arizona Giant Pumpkin Growers Association (AZGPG).

For more information regarding the competition, please contact the AZGPG at its email address: GrowEmBig@AZGPG.COM


5th Annual Arizona Spring Giant Vegetable Championships
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10 am


The Arizona Giant Pumpkin Growers Association (AZGPG), and the Arizona State Fair, will hold their fifth annual Spring Giant Vegetable Championships on May 11, 2019, at 10 am, at Sea of Green, 1828 E University Dr, #11, Tempe, Arizona .  All giant vegetable growers are eligible for entry into the competition.  

This years event, hosted by Sea of Green, is sanctioned by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) and will follow international competition rules to ensure fair and equal competition for all participating growers. Multiple entries may be entered by a grower, but only one prize, per class, will be awarded to an entrant.

The AZGPG Spring Vegetable Championships is considered an official Arizona State Fair event.  All entries will be judged and a picture of the vegetable on the scale, along with the AZGPG entry form, will be forwarded to the State Fair Horticulture Committee for consideration and awards. 

The AZGPG will award "Personal Best" and "State Record" ribbons during the Spring event.  Final placing, and prize money (if awarded) will be provided after the Fall Giant Vegetable Championships (Arizona State Fair) in October.

International rules require that each entry must be grown by the exhibitor.  Only the largest fruit or vegetable entered by the exhibitor is eligible for a prize. Other entries brought by the exhibitor will be considered as exhibition and will be officially weighed and exhibited, but will not be eligible for ribbons or awards.  All exhibits are welcome!

All entries (unless easily moved by two people) must be on a pallet to facilitate the unloading process.  All entries must be healthy and must be free of rot, holes/cracks that go through to the cavity, chemical or fungicide residue and serious soft spots.

No previously weighed fruit may be considered as competition.  All entries will be judged before being weighed in, and the judge's decision is final.

The entry fee is $25 per exhibitor.  (The fee is collected to offset the cost of maintaining, or renting, the equipment to move, or weigh, the vegetables).  The entry fee is waived for paid members of the Arizona Giant Pumpkin Growers Association (AZGPG).

For more information regarding the competition, please contact the AZGPG at its email address:  GrowEmBig@AZGPG.COM

        
        

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