Arizona Giant Pumpkin Growers

Competition Rules for
AZGPG Giant Vegetable Events

(The accepted international rules are followed by AZGPG, Team-Pumpkin, and the Arizona State Fair) 



The Arizona Giant Pumpkin Growers Association (AZGPG), Team-Pumpkin, and the Arizona State Fair Horticulture Department wants to encourage everyone to try and grow something BIG in 2018.  While growing giant pumpkins is sure a lot of fun, we recognize there are a number of vegetables out there that can grow to an amazing weight or an unbelievable length.  It is our hope you will want to possibly grow a giant tomato, giant carrot, giant rutabega -- or some other vegetable from the list we've included on our World Records page.  All giant vegetables are welcome to an AZGPG Weigh-Off.

For 2018, we have decided to feature a number of vegetables - which are typically included in giant vegetable contests held in the United States.  We hope you will want to join us in growing obscenely large plants this year.  It's all about adding another dimension to the fun, and camaraderie, we enjoy while work in our gardens and visiting with other growers.

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1. Heaviest Giant Pumpkin /
2. Heaviest Giant Squash


Requirements for Entering the Giant Pumpkin Class:

A --  This contest is for big squash type pumpkins. Pumpkins grown for competition purposes typically are of the cucurbita maxima species. The Arizona State record is 486 pounds and was set in 2015.

B --  Entries of 100 pounds and over are encouraged, but all are welcome.

C --  Entries for this Class will be accepted from anywhere in the world for the purpose of providing the exhibitor an official weight. Arizona Giant Pumpkin Growers Association (AZGPG) events have been approved as official international weigh-off sites.
NOTE: Only Arizona residents are eligible for premiums awarded by the Arizona State Fair.  All official entries are eligible for premiums when awarded by the AZGPG.

D --  No previously weighed fruit may be considered for competition. However, they may be exhibited as a representation of what Arizona growers can accomplish.

E --  It is recommended that entries register 14 days prior to the scheduled event. In special circumstances, entries in this class will be accepted until one-hour prior to the scheduled start of the event.

F --  Only one official entry is allowed in this class per exhibitor. Other pumpkins entered by the same exhibitor will be considered as exhibition (EXH) and will be officially weighed and exhibited but will not be eligible for premiums or awards. The heaviest pumpkin entered by the exhibitor will be considered the official entry.

G --  If the entry is deemed 100% gray/green in color, the entry will be titled a squash, but will still be eligible for premiums, since the placing is based on weight.

H --  Each pumpkin must be sound, healthy, and undamaged. Entries must be free of rot, holes, and/or cracks through to the interior cavity, chemical residues and serious soft spots. Cracks, holes and opening shall be free of any foreign material. The judges will probe any crack, hole or opening into the pumpkin, which visually appears to extend into the interior cavity. An opening where the probe meets no resistance into the interior cavity will disqualify the pumpkin from the competition. The judges have the right to fully inspect each pumpkin before the official weight is announced. Refusal to allow a thorough inspection of the pumpkin will result in disqualification. The decision of the judges is final.

I --  Chemical residues and soil must be cleaned from the pumpkin surface prior to arrival at the event.

J --  Vines must be trimmed to within one inch of the stem of the fruit.

K --  Entries must be free of damaged areas that are greater than three (3) inches in diameter and greater than three (3) inches deep. Any single damaged area greater than three (3) inches deep will classify the fruit as damaged (DMG). The dimensions of the damage will be measured after all soft material has been removed with a spoon, if needed.

L --  If there are more than two (2) damaged areas, the pumpkin will be disqualified even if each is smaller than described above.

M --  Small damaged areas are acceptable if naturally healed over with new rind, also known as natural scabs or new cantalouping.

N --  All entries will be judged before being weighed in. The decisions of the judges are final.

O --  Placings and premiums will be awarded based on the final, official weight of all pumpkins clearing inspection by the judges. The heaviest pumpkin is first, second heaviest pumpkin is second, etc. In the event of a tie, the prize money for that placing(s) under it will be combined and split equally.

P --  All entries (unless easily moved by two people) must be on a pallet to facilitate the unloading process.


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3.  Heaviest Field Pumpkin

Requirements for Entering Field Pumpkin Class:

A --  This contest is for woody stem type pumpkins belonging to the cucurbita pepo species. The Arizona State record is 142 pounds and was set in 2013.

B --  All entries are encouraged, and are welcome.

C --  No previously weighed field pumpkin may be considered for competition. However, they may be exhibited as a representation of what Arizona growers can accomplish.

D --  It is recommended that entries register 14 days prior to the scheduled event. In special circumstances, entries in this class will be accepted until one-hour prior to the scheduled start of the event.

E --  Only one official entry is allowed in this class per exhibitor. Other field pumpkins entered by the same exhibitor will be considered as exhibition (EXH) and will be officially weighed and exhibited but will not be eligible for premiums or awards. The heaviest field pumpkin entered by the exhibitor will be considered the official entry.

F --  Green (unripe) field pumpkins are allowed as official entries.

G --  Each pumpkin must be sound, healthy, and undamaged. Entries must be free of rot, holes, and/or cracks through to the interior cavity, chemical residues and serious soft spots. Cracks, holes and opening shall be free of any foreign material. The judges will probe any crack, hole or opening into the pumpkin, which visually appears to extend into the interior cavity. An opening where the probe meets no resistance into the interior cavity will disqualify the pumpkin from the competition. The judges have the right to fully inspect each pumpkin before the official weight is announced. Refusal to allow a thorough inspection of the pumpkin will result in disqualification. The decision of the judges is final.

H --  Chemical residues and soil must be cleaned from the pumpkin surface prior to arrival at the event.

I --  Vines must be trimmed to within one inch of the stem of the fruit.

J --  Entries must be free of damaged areas that are greater than two (2) inches in diameter and greater than two (2) inches deep. Any single damaged area greater than two (2) inches deep will classify the fruit as damaged (DMG). The dimensions of the damage will be measured after all soft material has been removed with a spoon, if needed.

K --  If there are more than two (2) damaged areas, the pumpkin will be disqualified even if each is smaller than described above.

L --  Small damaged areas are acceptable if naturally healed over with new rind, also known as natural scabs or new cantalouping.

M --  All entries will be judged before being weighed in. The decisions of the judges are final.

N --  Placings and premiums will be awarded based on the final, official weight of all field pumpkins clearing inspection by the judges. In the event of a tie, the prize money for that placing(s) under it will be combined and split equally.

O --  All entries (unless easily moved by two people) must be on a pallet to facilitate the unloading process.


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4.  Heaviest Watermelon


Requirements for Entering the Watermelon Class:

A --  This contest is for watermelons, which belong to the Citrullus lanatus species. (For competition purposes the Carolina Cross strain typically is used.) The Arizona State record is to be determined (TBD).

B --  All entries are encouraged, and are welcome.

C --  No previously weighed watermelon may be considered for competition. However, they may be exhibited as a representation of what Arizona growers can accomplish.

D --  It is recommended that entries register 14 days prior to the scheduled event. In special circumstances, entries in this class will be accepted until one-hour prior to the scheduled start of the event.

E --  Only one official entry is allowed in this class per exhibitor. Other field pumpkins entered by the same exhibitor will be considered as exhibition (EXH) and will be officially weighed and exhibited but will not be eligible for premiums or awards. The heaviest watermelon entered by the exhibitor will be considered the official entry.

F --  Each watermelon must be sound, healthy, and undamaged. Entries must be free of rot, holes, and/or cracks through to the interior pink flesh, chemical residues and serious soft spots. Cracks, holes and opening shall be free of any foreign material. The judges will probe any crack, hole or opening into the watermelon, which visually appears to extend into the interior pink flesh. Cracks or damage into the interior pink flesh will disqualify the pumpkin from the competition. The judges have the right to fully inspect each watermelon before the official weight is announced. Refusal to allow a thorough inspection of the watermelon will result in disqualification. The decision of the judges is final.

G --  Chemical residues and soil must be cleaned from the watermelon surface prior to arrival at the event.

H --  Vines must be trimmed to within one inch of the stem of the fruit.

I --  Entries must be free of damaged areas that are greater than two (2) inches in diameter and greater than two (2) inches deep. Any single damaged area greater than two (2) inches deep will classify the watermelon as damaged (DMG). The dimensions of the damage will be measured after all soft material has been removed with a spoon, if needed.

J --  If there are more than two (2) damaged areas, the watermelon will be disqualified even if each is smaller than described above.

K --  Small damaged areas are acceptable if naturally healed over with new rind, also known as natural scabs or new cantalouping.

L --  All entries will be judged before being weighed in. The decisions of the judges are final.

M --  Placings and premiums will be awarded based on the final, official weight of all watermelons clearing inspection by the judges. In the event of a tie, the prize money for that placings(s) under it will be combined and split equally.

N --  All entries (unless easily moved by two people) must be on a pallet to facilitate the unloading process.


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5.  Heaviest Bushel Gourd


Requirements for Entering the Bushel Gourd Class:

A --  This contest is for bushel gourds, which belong to the Lagenaria siceraria species. The Arizona State record is to be determined (TBD).

B --  The fruit is round shaped and green, yellow, and/or brown in color.

C --  All entries are encouraged, and are welcome.

D --  No previously weighed fruit may be considered for competition. However, they may be exhibited as a representation of what Arizona growers can accomplish.

E --  It is recommended that entries register 14 days prior to the scheduled event. In special circumstances, entries in this class will be accepted until one-hour prior to the scheduled start of the event.

F --  Only one official entry is allowed in this class per exhibitor. Other bushel gourds entered by the same exhibitor will be considered as exhibition and will be officially weighed and exhibited but will not be eligible for premiums or awards. The heaviest bushel gourd entered by the exhibitor will be considered the official entry.

G --  All entries must be healthy and free of rot, holes/cracks that go through to the cavity, chemical or fungicide residue, and serious soft spots.

H --  The stem must be removed with one (1) inch of the fruit.

I --   All entries will be judged before being weighed in. The decisions of the judges are final.

J --  In the event of a tie, the prize money for that placing(s) under it will be combined and split equally.

K --  All entries (unless easily moved by two people) must be on a pallet to facilitate the unloading process.


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6.  Heaviest Tomato

Requirements for Entering the Tomato Class:

A -- This contest is for tomatoes, which belong to the Solanum lycopersicum species. The largest tomatoes in the world have been grown using a strain called Delicious although the Big Zac strain is more commonly used. The Arizona State record is 2 pounds 9.0 ounces set in 2017.

B --  All entries are encouraged, and are welcome.

C --  No previously weighed fruit may be considered for competition. However, they may be exhibited as a representation of what Arizona growers can accomplish.

D --  Entries in this class will be accepted until one-hour prior to the scheduled start of the event.

E --  Only one official entry is allowed in this class per exhibitor. Other tomatoes entered by the same exhibitor will be considered as exhibition and will be officially weighed and exhibited but will not be eligible for premiums or awards. The heaviest tomato entered by the exhibitor will be considered the official entry.

F --  All tomatoes must be healthy; a healthy tomato must be free of significant soft spots or leakage.

G --  Skin may be cracked but not leaking.

H --  Tomato must be weighed on certified scales, calibrated to two (2) decimal places in pounds or pounds and ounces.

I --  Tomato weights must be reported in pounds and ounces, or pounds to 2nd decimal place. (i.e. 6 pounds 5.53 ounces or 6.35 pounds)

J --  Stem must be cut within 0.5 inches of the specimen.

K --  Green fruit will be allowed for weigh-off purposes.

L --  Specimen will be weighed on a certified scale of appropriate sensitivity.

M --  No frozen specimens will be allowed.

N --  The entirety of the fruit flesh must be connected.

O --  All entries will be judged before being weighed in. The decisions of the judges are final.

P --  In the event of a tie, the prize money for that placing(s) under it will be combined and split equally.


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7. Heaviest Chile Pepper / 8. Longest Chile Pepper


Requirements for Entering the Heaviest Chile Pepper and Longest Chili Pepper Class:

A --  This contest is for Chile Peppers, which belong to the Capsicum annuum species. Entries in this Class must produce capsaisin. (All other members of the Capsicum genus are excluded from competition – to include the bell (sweet) pepper, which does not produce capsaisin.) Examples of this Class may be called Poblano, Big Jim, Joe Parker, Sandia, New Mexico #6, Arizona #20, and Anaheim. The Arizona State records for the chile pepper are as follows:
Heaviest Chile Pepper 10.23 ounces set in 2009.
Longest Chile Pepper 10.25 inches set in 2009.

B --  Entries in this class will be accepted until one-hour prior to the scheduled start of the event.

C --  Only one official entry is allowed, per exhibitor, in the Heaviest Chile Pepper lot and the Longest Chile Pepper lot. A chile pepper can be be the official entry in both lots, or separate chile peppers can be considered for each lot. Other chile peppers entered by the same exhibitor, in each lot, will be considered as exhibition and will be officially weighed, and/or measured, and exhibited but will not be eligible for premiums or awards. The heaviest chile pepper, and/or the longest chile pepper, entered by the exhibitor will be considered the official entry, for each lot, within this Class.

D --  All chile peppers must be healthy; a healthy pepper must be free of significant soft spots or leakage.

E --  Skin may be cracked but not leaking.

F --  Stem must be cut within 0.5 inches of the specimen.

G --  Green or Red fruit will be allowed for weigh-off purposes.

H --  No frozen specimens will be allowed.

I --  No previously weighed fruit may be considered for competition. However, they may be exhibited as a representation of what Arizona growers can accomplish.

J --  In the event of a tie, the prize money for that placing(s) under it will be combined and split equally.

K --  All entries will be judged before being weighed in. The decisions of the judges are final.

L -- Weighing Heaviest Chile Pepper:
(1) Chile pepper weights must be reported in pounds and ounces to 2nd decimal place (i.e. 1 pounds, 1.25 ounces.)
(2) Specimen will be weighed on a certified scale of appropriate sensitivity.

M -- Measuring Longest Chile Pepper:
(1) Chile peppers must be on a flat surface that will support the entire length of the pepper.
(2) No part of the stem will be considered in the total length.
(3) Only metal tape measures will be used in measuring.
(4) Measurements will run in a straight line from the base of the stem where it connects to the pepper and follow to the blossom end. Only vertical length is to be measured, no curvature will be counted as additional length.



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9.  Longest Gourd


Requirements for Entering the Long Gourd Class:

A --  This contest is for Long Gourds, which belong to the Cucurbitaceae lagenaria species. The long gourd is actually a long dipper gourd (of which there are many types) without the bottle typical to many gourds, at the bottom. The Arizona State record is to be determined (TBD).

B --  Entries of 85 inches and longer are encouraged; all are welcome.

C --  No previously weighed fruit may be considered for competition. However, they may be exhibited as a representation of what Arizona growers can accomplish.

D --  Entries in this lot will be accepted until one-hour prior to the scheduled start of the event.

E --  Only one official entry is allowed in this class per exhibitor. Other watermelons entered by the same exhibitor will be considered as exhibition and will be officially weighed and exhibited but will not be eligible for premiums or awards. The longest long gourd entered by the exhibitor will be considered the official entry.

F --  All entries must be whole, healthy, and free of rot and visible soft spots.

G --  The tip of the gourd must be firm and in good condition. If the tip is rotten, shriveled, or rubbery it will be listed at damaged (DMG).

H --  Recognizing the perfect long gourd is a rarity, very minor surface cracks, soft spots, and other flaws may be permitted at the discretion of the judges.

I --  In the event of a tie, the prize money for that placing(s) under it will be combined and split equally.
 
J --  All entries will be judged before being weighed in. The decisions of the judges are final.

K --  All entries must be secured to a board, or other bracing device, to facilitate the unloading process.

L --  Measurements:
(1) Long gourd must be on a flat surface that will support the entire length of the gourd.
(2) No part of the stem will be considered in the total length.
(3) Only metal tape measures will be used in measuring.
(4) Measurements will run in a straight line from the base of the stem where it connects to the gourd and follow to the blossom end. Only vertical length is to be measured, no curvature will be counted as additional length.


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