At the recent AVGVG Christmas Social club President Ron Muis presented Jeff Reid with the Wayne Knox Memorial Trophy for growing the largest club member pumpkin weighed at the Glad Gardens Weigh Off . Jeff’s pumpkin weighed in at 1298 lbs and was from a 1518 Stelts X 2008 Neptune
At our recent Christmas Social President Ron Muis presented Gerard Ansmes with a cheque for $250 as the winner of this years bushel gourd contest. Gerard grew the largest bushel gourd from the 108 Nieuwenhoff seed weighing in at 262 Lbs. This was the first year for most AVGVG members growing this new GPC Vegetable and not only did Gerard win the contest but also placed second in the world rankings. Thanks to John Nieuwenhoff for providing the seeds to all of our members.
Congratulations Gerard !
At the recent AVGVG Christmas Social held on December 4th,2017 we inducted 7 Club Members into our Half Ton Club. This award recognizes growers who have had the great fortune to grow a pumpkin weighing in excess of 1000 pounds. Congratulations to everyone ! Two members (pictured below)were present to receive their patches and the other five will receive theirs buy mail. Thanks to Charles & Gail Ebbett for their donation of the Half Ton Patches.
Shirley Ansems 1154 lbs – 2017 Windsor West Hants Weigh Off
Jeremy Zwicker 1181 lbs – 2017 AVGVG Glad Gardens Weigh Off
(Not Pictured )
Daryl Tingley 1156.5 – 2014 Journee de la Citrouville d’Edmundston Weigh Off
Maureen Tingley 1220 lbs – 2016 Le Festival Provincial de la Citrouville Weigh Off
Eddy Shaw 1624 lbs – 2017 Windsor West Hants Weigh Off
Al Aten 1044 Lbs – 2009 Windsor West Hants Weigh Off
John Butler 1236 Lbs – 2014 Port Elgin Pumpkin Festival
What are the criteria for Outstanding Member Award for our club? I would like to think that being a grower of prime specimen’s or being a supporter of club activities or being a help to other growers and/or serving on the Executive would be qualifying traits. There are probably more attributes that would fit the bill and I believe that our nominee this year is as qualified as can be.
He started growing pumpkins in the mid nineties as a founding member of his community/family pumpkin growing competition. Then a weigh off in Windsor had some interest and he attended as a spectator where the interest in growing the real big one started.
Jeff Reid talked him into joining the AVGVG and gave him some “good” seeds. Little did Jeff know that he created a monster grower not only grows pumpkins, but has also grown many other large veggies including a World Championship Long Gourd in 2016. His name can usually be found in the top 3 of each category he has entered.
For those who haven’t already guessed our 2017 Outstanding Club Member nominee is Gerard Ansems of Steam Mill. Gerard along with the untiring work of his wife, Catharina, has helped to put the AVGVG to the level it is today. We have a premier weigh-off at Glad Gardens, thanks in, part to the level of commitment of members like Gerard.
Just a few of his accomplishments:
20101 First pumpkin over 1,000 lbs – 1220 lbs
2012 Wayne Knox Trophy 1616 lbs largest pumpkin weighed at Glad Gardens thus far. He won at Windsor Exhibition with 1727 lb pumpkin which placed 11th in the world.
2014 Wayne Knox Trophy for his 1297 lb pumpkin
2016 Wayne Knox Trophy for his 1350 lb pumpkin and also World Champion for his 141.5 inch long gourd
2017 ;Placed 9th in the world with his 1183 squash; AVGVG record with his 214 lb bushel gourd; 268 lb bushel gourd at Windsor 2nd in the world.
The list can go on for a long time but you get the drift.
Ron Muis, President
Due to the great interest and encouraging turnout at many contests throughout the growing world this past season, the GPC has decided to include bushel gourds as an official category. First place ribbons will be sent to weigh off sites as part of this years prize packs. Top three in the world will be recognized at next years seminar in Green Bay. If a new world record is broken a plaque will be also be presented. There were several contenders for the record this year and I’m sure many growers are chomping at the bit to break it. There will be a bushel gourd presentation as part of the agenda at this years seminar in lovely Portland Oregon, another great reason to attend. Networking with other growers and sharing of great seeds will benefit all growers attending. And best of all, new friendships can and are forged at these great events.
Good luck to our grower friends in the Southern Hemisphere who are currently in their growing season!
The 2017 Fall Club Newsletter has been uploaded to our the Web Site (avgvg.com). You can find it under the newsletter tab or by clicking on the following link :
Congratulations to Maureen Tingley for her win Sunday at the Journee de la citrouille d Edmundston Weigh Off. Below is a picture of her 759 lb entry which also took the Howard Dill Award at the event.
The complete 2017 Glad Gardens results for both Young Gardner’s and Adults can now be found on our Weigh Off Archive Page under the events tab or by clicking the link below.
Complete pictures of the event will be posted in the upcoming days.
Congratulations to all the participants !