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Giant pumpkin winner tips the scales at 1,421.5 pounds

Oct 1st, 2015 | Category: News

MOUNT VERNON – Langley, B.C. resident Scott Carley captured the winning spot at this year’s Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival on Sept. 26 at Christianson’s Nursery. The weigh-off had 23 entries. As the first place winner in the weigh-off, Carley received a check for $1,000.

Winner Scott Carley and his 1621.5 pound pumpkin.

Winner Scott Carley and his 1621.5 pound pumpkin.

Scott Carley has been growing giant pumpkins for three years and this was his first entry at this event. Joel Holland, who won the 2014 weigh-off with a 1450.5 pound pumpkin and broke the record at this year’s Puyallup Fair weigh-off with a 1621.5 pound pumpkin, came in third this year with a weight of 1301.

Local winners included: Dick Kilburn, of Anacortes, fourth place, 1,071.5 pounds; Lee Roof, of Coupeville,  fifth place, 980.5 pounds; Robert Jerue, of Lake Stevens, sixth place, 979 pounds; Matt Radach, of Camano Island, seventh place, 899.5 pounds; and Geoff Gould, of Skagit Valley, 8th place, 791.5 pounds.

The Howard Dill award for the “Prettiest Pumpkin” went to Glen Snodgrass of Lynden. The giant squash award went to Lee Roof of Coupeville for her entry weighing in at 503 pounds.

The weigh-off was coordinated with Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers, and generous community sponsorship also included Coastal Farm & Ranch, Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Christianson’s Nursery and a grant from Skagit County. For more information on the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers, visit

Photo by Debra Lacy / Christianson’s Nursery


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