2019 Glad Gardens Weigh Off and Competition
Each year, since its inception, the AVGVG has held a yearly gigantic vegetable weigh off. The event takes place at Glad Gardens (5108 Highway #1 just west of Waterville). This year the date of the Giant Vegetable Weigh Off is Friday, September 27th from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday, September 28th, 2019 from 10am – 2pm.
Over the past ten years, the AVGVG has continued to improve their event and has seen an increase in the number of participants, as well as attendees. In 2018, approximately 400 people attended the event, with over 80 entrants of giant vegetables in the competition. The main attractions – giant vegetables – become superstars in their own right! And it’s not just the heaviest pumpkin that gets the attention. They are judged from the tallest sunflower or corn stalk to the heaviest tomato, watermelon, squash, and many more!
The Glad Gardens weigh off event is free for all who wish to attend and there are also free parking and washroom facilities on site. Although adult members of the organization enjoy the opportunity to compete for the prizes and swell with pride when they are successful with their entries, it is the children’s program where the club spends most of its efforts. Older members of the club recognize that they are the mentors for the next generation and they take that responsibility very seriously. The club recognizes that, in this new food culture, a young generation is emerging with a knowledge gap in their ability to know how to grow food. Many members find it highly rewarding, on both a personal and emotional level, to work with children, grandchildren, friends, and others who do not know how to grow vegetables. By sharing their values, the members are creating real cultural change in their local community.
In the sixth year of our club, our weigh off event joined the international weigh off governing body called the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC). This group oversees all rules and records pertaining to giant vegetables worldwide. This has been a tremendous opportunity for not only our club members but every grower in Atlantic Canada. This has added a new level of competition at our weigh off with all results being recorded for both an international standing and additional prizes. Our event continues to attract growers and spectators, not only those interested in the lifelong hobby of giant vegetable growing, from all parts of Atlantic Canada but also those who come to stand in awe that a pumpkin can be grown locally and weigh over 1800 pounds! We are now getting spectators and growers from all parts of Atlantic Canada.
Click Here to Download: 2019 Event Poster
Click Here to Download: Glad Gardens Entry Form 2019
Click Here to Download : GPC Entry Data 2019
Click Here to Download : 2019 AVGVG Glad Gardens Program
Schedule of Events
September 27th: 6:00pm – 9:00 Vegetable Judging
September 28th: 8:00am – 10:00 Registration
10:00am – 11:30 Final Vegetable Judging
11:30am – 1:00 Pumpkin Weighing
1:00pm – 2:00 Awards / Presentations
Saturday All Day Events
Children’s Games, Pumpkin Painting, BBQ
50/50 Draw, Raffles,
Adult Prizes and Awards
1st $800 2nd $500 3rd $300 4th $200 5th $75 6th – 10th $50
1st $500 2nd $300 3rd $200 4th $100 5th $75
GPC Howard Dill Award for the Prettiest Pumpkin Plaque/$50
Heaviest Tomato, Heaviest Watermelon, Tallest Sunflower, Longest Gourd, Heaviest Field Pumpkin, Largest Sunflower Head, Longest Carrot, Heaviest English Green Marrow, Heaviest Beet, Tallest Corn, Heaviest Radish, Heaviest Cabbage, Heaviest Carrot, Heaviest Onion, Heaviest Turnip , Open Vegetable, Heaviest Bushel Gourd
GPC Vegetables 1st $50, 2nd $25, 3rd $10
Other : 1st $20 2nd $10 3rd $5
Wayne Knox Memorial Trophy awarded to Heaviest Pumpkin entered by an AVGVG Member
Young Gardner’s Category Prizes
Gift & Ribbon
All other Categories : 1st $10, 2nd $5, 3rd $2
The Fine Print Anyone competing in GPC will do so as adult and pay registration fee regardless of age. • Young Gardner’s entries are free for competition in Young Gardner’s category – Each youth will receive a ribbon as well as a prize. • Young Gardner’s are eligible to enter in the Young Gardner’s category if they are under 16 on the date of the weigh off. • In order to be awarded the Wayne Knox Memorial trophy you must be an AVGVG member at out August planning meeting (August 21st) and grow the heaviest pumpkin weighed at the Glad Gardens Weigh Off. • Howard Dill Award will be given to the best looking pumpkin as determined by the judges. $50.00 Prize • All adult entries will be eligible for the Lucky Growers draws. • AVGVG Memberships will be available at the weigh off and will be good (new or renewal – $15 Family) for all of 2020. •
Judges decisions are final