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Skagit Festival highlights jumbo pumpkins, vegetables

Sep 2nd, 2013 | Category: News

MOUNT VERNON – The third Annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Christianson’s Nursery in Mount Vernon. The grower of the biggest pumpkin receives a $1,000 prize, and cash prizes will be awarded to each of the next nine top pumpkins. The event includes an exhibition area to show off other giant vegetables and sunflowers from home and pumpkins grown by children, as well as a “Bats Incredible!” talk by Kathleen Bander of Bats Northwest, food from Tweets, toad races, family games, farm animals and more.  Last year’s giant pumpkin winner – grown by Joel Holland, of Sumner – weighed 1,281.5 pounds and its vine in the garden took up a space of 800 square feet. A state-record giant cabbage also was on display at the festival with a weight of 42 pounds, grown by Dean Biss of Skagit County. Entry forms for the giant pumpkin weigh-off are available at Christianson’s Nursery or on its website at

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