Salt Lake County to hold its first giant pumpkin weigh-off

Oct 3, 2023, 1:00 PM

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Salt Lake County will hold its first-ever giant pumpkin weigh-off this year. 

The Giant Pumpkin Palooza and Zombie Walk is free to spectators and will be on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Gateway in Salt Lake City.

According to a press release from the Utah Giant Pumpkin Grower Club, it’s a family-friendly event that will host a zombie walk, costume contests, pie-eating contests, and the giant pumpkin weigh-off.

An unofficial world record attempt to split the winning 120 lbs watermelon in half with rubber bands will also be held.

Not many cities as big as Salt Lake City host a contest like this. In the past, Utah’s giant pumpkin weigh-offs have been held at Hee Haw Farms in Pleasant Grove or at Thanksgiving Point.

Growers who wish to participate must register as a member of the Utah Giant Pumpkin Grower Club, except if they are 15 and under. Giant pumpkins must weigh at least 300 pounds, but growers can also bring other fruits or vegetables, including field pumpkin, squash, gourd, tomato, and watermelon. 

Those who bring an item to be measured should also choose a song to play as entrance music.

Utah already held one giant pumpkin weigh-off on Sept. 23 in Logan. Jay Richard of Worland, Wyoming won with a 1,784 lbs pumpkin.

Mohamed Sadiq from Bountiful holds Utah’s giant pumpkin state record with a 2,287-pound pumpkin that he presented in 2022.

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