Commonwealth Journal

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September 18, 2008

Bear Wallow to host pumpkin weigh off

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Kentucky’s most prodigious pumpkins will vie for top honors at the second annual Kentucky Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off on Saturday at Bear Wallow Farm near Nancy in Pulaski County.

The biggest of this year’s crop will take aim at the record of 1,123 pounds set by a pumpkin produced by Billy Burton of Nancy in 2007.

Pumpkins from four other states in addition to Kentucky are expected to compete for $2,150 in prize money, including the $700 top prize.

The weigh off is sponsored by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, the official record-keeping body of pumpkin weight statistics. The world record is 1,689 pounds.

A watermelon weigh off will offer a total of $600 in prizes.

The weigh off will begin at noon EDT. Pumpkins and watermelons should be delivered between 8-11 a.m.

Bear Wallow Farm is an agritourism destination featuring the “punkin chucker,” a homemade air cannon that shoots pumpkins into the air.

Bear Wallow also offers a pumpkin patch where visitors can pick out their own Halloween pumpkins, a hayride, a 4-acre corn maze, gemstone mining and farm animals.

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