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2016 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Offs by Location

Pumpkin weigh-offs - giant pumpkin festivalsThis page provides a detailed list of 's 2016 pumpkin festivals, weigh-offs and various state-wide and county pumpkin fairs and events.  Click here to see the listings of pumpkin patches, corn mazes and farms in or just scroll down the page!  ALWAYS call before you go to confirm the info, they don't always report changes to me! The dates provided give an approximate - but click on the link to the event's website (or call) to find out this year's exact dates!

Also see your state's page for pumpkin festivals held by individual farms.

We have loads of related resources here, too.

2016 Pumpkin Festivals & Weighoffs

It looks like 2016s largest pumpkin is..... (yet to be determined!)

  • 2015 broken the previous US records at the annual Harvest Fest in Stillwater. with the prize-winning pumpkin weighing in at 2,185 pounds, on Oct. 10, 2015, grown by Josiah Brandt of Rudolph, Wisconsin. Second place for North America.  2,145-pound pumpkin grown by farmer Gene McMullen from Streator, Illinois. It was the world's third-largest pumpkin, according to the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) officials at the Wine and Harvest Festival in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The current world record holder is still the 2,323-pound pumpkin from Switzerland in 2014.
  • 2014: John Hawkley, with a 2,058 pound pumpkin won the North American title at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival in California,  A close second was Peter and Cindi Glasier of Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park in San Martin, California grew the 2nd heaviest pumpkin ever grown in America at 2036 lbs.  The world champion in 2014 was a 2323.7 pound giant pumpkin  grown by Beni Meier weighed at the European Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in Germany.
  • 2013 and 2012 both broke records: Ron Wallace from Greene, RI, grew a pumpkin that weighed 2,009 pounds, making both the largest pumpkin in history, and also the largest fruit (pumpkins are technically a fruit) ever grown in the world. The pumpkin was weight at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, MA.
  • The largest pumpkin in 2011 weighed 1,818.5 pounds and was grown by Jim and Kelsey Bryson from Ormstown in Quebec, Canada.
  • 2010 had a record breaker: Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wi. brought his 1810.5 pound pumpkin, to the Stillwater Harvest fest in Stillwater, Minnesota, on October 9, 2010.
  • 2009 was also new World Record 1725 lbs. Fox News Atlanta reports "Christy Harp of Jackson Township, Ohio, holds the new world record with a 1,725-pound pumpkin. She won first place at the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers annual weigh-off Saturday and took home the $2,500 first prize, up from
  • 1669 lbs in 2008.

So for 4 years in a row, the pumpkins were progressively larger each year!!  So much for the effects of heat, drought and global warming on pumpkins!

Check the dates next to the listing.  If it is a date other than 2013, call to verify this year's date (I have a hard time tracking these guys down, and they rarely provide any information online BEFORE the weigh-offs...)

Alabama

  • Alabama State Fair in Montgomery - Also, for some odd reason called the the "Alabama National Fair".  Held in early October. This organization may have more information: Alabama Pumpkin Growers Association. Phone: (256) 383-4831. Email: [email protected]. Here's the Giant Pumpkin Contest application. The Giant pumpkin contest will be held Sunday, see their website for the exact dateth at 3:00 p.m
  • Pumpkin Fest
    River Heritage, Montgomery, AL. Saturday, early October - see their website for this year's date,  at the Mulberry Business District. Pumpkins for sale, Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations, face painting for children, and more. Open: 10 am to 5 p.m. Contact Phone: 334-265-5035

Alaska

  • Alaska's Midnight Sun Great Pumpkin Weigh-off - late August -
    2075 Glenn Hwy, Palmer, AK

Arkansas

  • Carnage At The Crater Haunted Hayride And Walking Tour - pumpkins, tractor-pulled hay rides, parking provide free
    600 School Street (high School), Norphlet, AR 71759. Phone: 870-546-2781. Email: [email protected]. Directions: Take the Norphlet exit from highway (scenic 7), follow exit to the Norphlet High School (Hwy 335), parking by the old gym. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in October. Open: Saturday, October 25th 5:00 pm until 11:30 pm Monday, October 27th 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm Tuesday, October 28th 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: October 12, 2008)

California

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  • Auburn Weighoff - October - see their website for this year's date, 10 am to 4 pm.
    Auburn, CA. Directions: Held in the recreation park. Loads of events for the whole family, and contests you and your children can enter! Scarecrow Decorating Contest, Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off, Recipe Contest, Costume Parade, Vendor Fair, Kids Crafts and LIVE MUSIC. 
  • Eastvale’s 4th Annual Fall Festival held at Mid Hill Dairy - Saturday in mid October - see their website for this year's date,
    The event will start at 1:00 PM and last until 9:00 PM. (Hours may change.) Some of the activities for the event will be the ever popular corn bin, cotton seed pile, mini hay maze, cotton seed tunnel, corn cannons, hay ride and a new ride - the cow train while our local schools will host food stands and other fundraising activities. Also, a Scarecrow Alley and a Pet Costume Contest!! A Pumpkin Carving Contest will also have different division and prizes for each division. This year we are asking you to bring your pumpkin to the event already decorated. See the website for more information
  • The Great Elk Grove Community Harvest and Pumpkin Festival (GPC) - a weekend in early October- see their website for this year's date,
    9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove, CA. Directions: Held in Elk Grove Regional Park. FREE Admission, $5 Parking.
  • Fall Pumpkin Festival - pumpkins, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals
    3064 1/2 Ridgeview Drive, Altadena, CA 91001. Phone: (626) 797-3276. Email: [email protected]. Directions: Exit the 210 Freeway at Windsor/Arroyo in Pasadena and go North on Windsor. Go right on Ventura, left on Casitas, left on Altadena Drive and left on Ridgeview. Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in October. Open: Fall Pumpkin Festival is 10/29 to 10/30 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. Our petting farm is wheelchair accessible and our staff is fluent in American Sign Language. We welcome ALL children, with or without disabilities. (ADDED: September 14, 2008)
  • Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival - Monday, in mid October - see their website for this year's date,  9 AM to 5 PM
    IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA. Phone: 650-726-9652. Email: [email protected].  Halloween arts and crafts, specialty foods, blockbuster entertainment, a Great Pumpkin Parade, a haunted house, the giant weigh-off of champion pumpkins, and contests for pie-eating, carving and costume. Admission is free. Presented by the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee.
  • Highland Hall Waldorf School Pumpkin Patch Harvest Festival - Saturday in mid October - see their website for this year's date, from 11:00pm-4:00pm.
    Highland Hall Free community event Garden full of organic pumpkins Harvest Crafts Build a "Scarecrow" Live Fiddle Music Square Dancers Pumpkin Patch Pantry Old Fashioned Games & much more!
    17100 Superior St., Northridge, CA, 91325. Phone: 818-349-1394. Email us at: [email protected].
  • Pumpkin Patch Harvest Festival - pumpkins, Harvest Festival, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, produce for sale, parking provide free, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, musical entertainment, restrooms, farm animals
    The Flower Farm Nursery 9280 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis, CA 95650. Phone: 916-652-5650. Fax: 916-652-5650. Email: [email protected]. Directions: Going east toward Reno from Sacramento on highway 80, take Horseshoe Bar Road exit & go left. Take left at the T. We are approximately 4 miles at corner of Horseshoe Bar Road & Auburn-Folsom Road Going west on highway 80 from Reno to Sacramento, take Horseshoe Bar Road exit & go right. Take left at the T. We are approximately 4 miles at corner of Horseshoe Bar Road , & Auburn-Folsom Road. Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in October, December. Open: Saturdays and Sundays in October 10 am to 3 pm. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. The Flower Farm is a relaxing, working farm with a u-pick flower field; a coffee house cafe with farm-fresh offerings, homemade pies & cakes, as well as coffee drinks, Italian sodas & smoothies; a full nursery with plants, organic soil amendments and fertilizers, and a gift shop with work from local artists and more.  (UPDATED: September 01, 2008)
  • Uesugi Farms -  mid October - see their website for this year's date,
    14485 Monterey Hwy., San Martin-Morgan Hill, CA. Phone: 408-778-7225. Email: [email protected]. Includes a 24" train ride, even with a tunnel. Directions: Click here for a map. From the North: South on US 101 toward Morgan Hill Exit Tennant Avenue right Left on Monterey Hwy. 2 miles down on right Turn right into the pumpkin patch; From the South: North on US 101 toward Morgan Hill Exit Tennant Avenue left Left on Monterey Highway 2 miles down on right Turn right into the pumpkin patch. We have two Caltrain stations within 2 miles of our Pumpkin Park: see the Caltrain web site for scheduling details http://www.caltrain.org.  Open: 9 am to 6 pm; click here for the current calendar of events.
  • California State Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off - mid October
    Borchard Farms Home Ranch, 142 Rodgers Road, Salinas, CA. Weighoff starts at 9:00 a.m.
  • SLO County Great Pumpkin Contest c/o San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau - mid October - see their website for this year's date, from 6:30 pm to 8 p.m.
    Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market, Chorro Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. Giant pumpkins will once again take over Chorro St. in San Luis Obispo as grower’s county-wide test their growing skills to see who can produce the heaviest giant pumpkin in the county. Last years winner was 714 pounds. The contest will be held on Chorro St. during the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association’s Thursday Night Farmers’ Market, between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.. Giant pumpkins can grow between 200 and 1,500 pounds, with the world record pumpkin weighing in at 1,502 pounds.
  • Sonoma County Harvest Fair - Date: October - see their website for this year's date,  Time: Friday from 10am – 8pm, Sat/Sun: 10am – 7pm. The three-day event, “FALL SENSATIONS” will be held at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds and will feature more than 500 taste-tempting wines; a bounty of crisp, fresh produce, and aromatic cuisine prepared by some of California’s most talented chefs. The Harvest Fair offers entertainment and activities for all ages. Live jazz, pumpkin carving contests, hayrides, art, photography, magic shows, llama and potbellied pigs promise to showcase the talents and lifestyle that is uniquely Sonoma County. Wine Tasting Hours: Friday: 3:00-7:00PM, Saturday & Sunday: 12:30-5:00PM. Taste & Purchase over 550 Award-Winning Wines
  • Swedish Village Farmer's Market Great Pumpkin event -  on October 30, 2008
    Kingsburg, CA.. Anyone who weighs their pumpkins in at the Selma Flea Market public scales at Highway 99 and Mountain View Avenue between 8 a.m., Monday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 29, 4 p.m. is eligible to compete for the "Great Pumpkin" title and earn a $1,000 prize. For further information, call the sponsoring Kingsburg District Chamber of Commerce at (559) 897-1111." (ADDED: October 14, 2008)
  • Ukiah Country PumpkinFest & Giant Pumpkin Weighoff - mid October - see their website for this year's date,  Parade starts at 10am
    Ukiah Safeway parking lot, Ukiah, CA. Pumpkinfest Parade:
    Starting at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. The Pumpkin weighoff will be in the Ukiah Safeway parking lot from 10am – 1pm.  Phone: 707-463-6712. Other activities:
    • 3-on-3 Hoop Tourney
    • Haunted House
    • Beer & Wine Tasting
    • Scout-O’-Rama
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Free Children’s Activities
    • Fiddle Contest
    • Pumpkin Pie Bake Off
    • Pet Costume Contest
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Colorado

  • Old Colorado City Associates Weigh-off (GPC) - early October
    Bancroft Park, 24th and West Colorado Avenue In Old Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO. NOTE: I haven't been able to verify this farm's information.  If you have been there or know their website's address or email address, could you let me know? Click here to write to me!
  • Colorado Great Pumpkin Commonwealth Weighoff - Saturday in late September - see their website for this year's date,  11AM - 1PM
    Annual Great Pumpkin Commonwealth & ColoradoPumpkins.com Weigh-Off! held at Jared's Nursery & Garden Center
    Come join us to see giant pumpkins and sign up for free giant pumpkins seeds to be distributed in early spring. Start to grow your own giant pumpkins next year in your backyard garden.
  • Jareds Pumpkin Festival - Mid October - see their website for this year's date,  from 9 - 11am
    Jared's will feature a straw maze for the children along with balloons and popcorn. There is a pumpkin decorating class for kids from 9-11:00 am. Space is limited and cost it $15 per child which includes a pumpkin, decorating supplies and instructions. Please call the nursery at 303-979-6022 to pre-register.
  • St Michael's Preschool Craft Fair and Pumpkin Patch - pumpkins, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, parking provide free, snacks and refreshment stand
    St Michael's Preschool 19099 E Floyd Ave , Aurora , CO 80013. Phone: (303) 690-6523. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in October. Open: Saturday, October 25th 9am to 7pm and Sunday, October 26th 8am to 4pm. Payment: Cash, Check. Craft Fair includes more than 40 vendors selling Jewelry, Woodcrafts, Ceramics, Holiday Decorations, and much more.
    (ADDED: October 22, 2008)
     

Connecticut

Fairfield County

  • Ridgefield, Ct Giant Pumpkin Weighoff - , farm market, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties
    Ballard Park, Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone: 203-501-5019. Email: [email protected]. Open: Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. Directions: For a map to our farm, click here. Payment: Free - no payments needed for anything. We have weighoff categories for giant pumpkin, giant green squash, long gourd. Weighoff starts at noon. Grower unloading starts at 9:30 am Live music, food, and vendors with exhibits and items for sale with fall harvest themes will be on hand in the park. Free Admission. (UPDATED: August 25, 2016) (ADDED: August 21, 2013)

Delaware

Florida

  • Hydro Harvest Farms "harvest Boo Fest" And Pumpkin Patch - pumpkins, Harvest Festival, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, produce for sale, parking provide free, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting
    1101 Shell Point Road E, Ruskin, FL 33570. Phone: 813-645-6574. Email: [email protected]. Directions: From Tampa- take I-75S to Exit 240b towards Ruskin(west), at second light (21st St) turn right, go 1/2 mile turn left (Shell Point Road E), farm is 1/2 mile on left. From Sarasota-take I-75N to exit 240 and follow above directions. From Street Pete-take I-275S over Skyway, merge on I 75N to exit 240 and follow above directions. Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in All year. Open: Pumpkin Patch open everyday Monday - Saturday 10:00 to 6:00 Sunday 10:00 to 5:00; Harvest BOO Fest is on October 25, 2008 from 12:00 to 3:00; Christmas Tree Farm starting November 22,2008; Santa at the farm December 20 and 21,2008;U - Pick all year long. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Payment: Cash, Check. Hydro Harvest Farms is a family owned farm. We grow all of our seasonal vegetables hydroponically. We use no dirt, no chemical pesticides and you don't have to bend to pick! We have year round events for the family. We have a large produce stand with already picked goodies. Visit our concession stand for fresh fruit smoothies, shakes and icees! Sign up for our weekly email newsletter for events and what's growing, on our website.
    (UPDATED: August 16, 2008)
  • Health & Harvest Festival - pumpkins, Harvest Festival, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, parking provide free, snacks and refreshment stand, musical entertainment, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, events at your location (call for info)
    750 Starkey Road, Largo, FL 33771. Phone: 727-586-0108. Fax: 727-586-6378. Email: [email protected]. Directions: On Starkey Road between Ulmerton and East Bay. Crops are usually available in October. Open: Event is October 18th only from 10am to 3pm; Proceeds benefit "Woodlawn Community Academy" which is a not for profit organization that specializes in educating children with learning disabilities. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: September 03, 2008)

Idaho

  • Annual Eastern Idaho Pumpkin Pickin Party - late September  - see their website for this year's date,  Check-in 2 pm, Weigh-off 3 pm
    3424 West, 6800 South, Rexburg, Idaho. Sanctioned by WPGPA (Western Pumpkin growers and Partiers Association*)

Illinois

  • Didier Farms Great Pumpkin Weigh off - late September THRU October 31, Hours 7 days a week 9-7 p.m.
    Didier Farms, off 16678 W. Aptakisic Road, Prairie View, IL. (2 miles east of Long Grove, Illinois)
  • Pumpkin Festival Weigh-off - early September
    corner of First and Jefferson across from National City Bank, Morton, IL. Phone: 888-765-6588. 
  • Auburn United Methodist Church - pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, child-sized haybale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, snacks and refreshment stand, face painting, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours
    14100 State Route 4, Auburn, IL 62615. Phone: 217-438-3126. Email: [email protected]. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in September. Open: September 13th - October 13th only: Saturdays 10 to 6, Sundays 12 pm to 6 and Monday, October 13th only 10 to 2. Corn maze is open only on Saturdays and Sundays from September 13th - October 13th (Monday Columbus Day) Corn Festival Dates: September 20th-21st and 27th-28th Hours: Saturdays 10 to 6 and Sundays 12 pm to 6. Payment: Cash, Check. 3rd annual A-MAZE-ing Corn Festival Dates: September 20-21 and 27-28 with this year's theme "Down on the Farm". (ADDED: July 31, 2008)

Indiana

  • IPGA Weigh-off (GPC) - early October - see their website for this year's date,
    Gatewood Vegetable Farm, 9555 E 206th Street, Noblesville, IN. For more info, see these pages: IPGA Merchandise, Grower's helping Grower's,  Weigh-off, All-time Top Ten Growing Tips, Pumpkin plant disease & Pest Links, Useful Links, Pumpkin Carvings
  • Indiana State Fair Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off -
    1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN.  Does anyone have contact or current information for this event?  If so, please write me!
  • Hilgers Farm Market Pumpkin Weigh-off – late September - see their website for this year's date – 2pm
    13210 US Highway 30 West, Fort Wayne, IN 46818.
  • Lobenstein Farm - Pumpkin festival at the farm, pick their own pumpkins, hayrides, craft booths and petting zoo
    29703 Post Road, Saint Leon, IN. Phone: 812-576-3177. Open: first 3 weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) in October; Call for hours they're open, as it varies. Said to be one of the region's largest pumpkin festivals, drawing 30,000 annually. It is open the first three weekends in October. Pick their own pumpkins in the field. Admission is free.

Iowa

  • Anamosa Pumpkin Fest and MidWest Pumpkin Growers Association (GPC) - early October - See their website for this year's date
    Lawrence Community Center, Anamosa, IA.  Phone: 319-462-4879. Email:
    [email protected] The Pumpkin Capital of Iowa (named by the Iowa legislature in 1993) for great family fun at the annual Pumpkinfest and Weigh-off! The event is scheduled for 1st Saturday of October with events scheduled throughout the day including the Ryan Norlin Pumpkin Weigh-off, Pumpkinfest Parade, pumpkin carving exhibits, food and craft booths, pumpkin recipe contest, games, tractor pull and much more!
  • Fall Harvest Days & Pumpkin Festival - pumpkins, Harvest Festival, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, produce for sale, parking provide free, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, farm animals, events at your location (call for info)
    13978 Hammerand Road, Sherrill, IA 52073. Phone: 563-552-2866. Email: [email protected]. Directions: Take highway 52 North to Sageville. Turn onto Sherrill Road Follow for approximately 5 miles. Watch for Signs!.
    Crops are usually available in October. Open: October 2-3, 2010 from 10AM - 5PM, see their website for other year's date.,  Payment: Cash, only. Threshing, tractors, gas engines, potato digging, gourds, straw bales, miniature bales, home made ice cream, many activities for the kids. (ADDED: September 10, 2008) (UPDATED: August 03, 2010)

Kansas

  • Corn Maze and The Official Kansas Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off - early October - see their website for this year's date,
    Smoky Hills Visitors Center, 2660 E. Hobbs Creek Road, Assaria, KS. Directions: South of Salina. Exit 82 or 78 off of Interstate 135. Two miles south of Assaria off of Old Hwy 81. Follow "buffalo" signs to Smoky Hill Bison's entrance gate. Smoky Hill Bison's Maze and Pumpkin Patch is the official Kansas giant pumpkin weigh-off contest site for the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth international organization. Time: 10:00am Entertainment: Special food and entertainment Saturday besides the maze, rides, and games available during October weekends. And October 6 & 7 is our "Salute to our Military" weekend, so all active enlisted military personnel get in free to the maze activities by showing their military ID.

Kentucky

  • Bear Wallow Farms - 1st Atlantic Giant Pumpkin weigh-off, outside of the State Fair
    1225 Piney Grove Rd, Nancy, KY, 42544. Phone: 606-871-7745. Corn maze, petting zoo, hay rides, gem stone mining, buffalo.This will be a GPC sanctioned event to be held on Sat, the 29th of September. Bear Wallow Farms is a very, family oriented site, and we will have some monster pkns at the weigh-off. There are commitments from several Ky. growers, plus giants coming from WV, GA, and maybe a couple other states. We hope to set a new KY. state record at this event. Come see a 1100# pkn!!!

Louisianna

  • Wanetiri Lakes Annual Central City Octoberfest -
    East Baton Rouge Parish. Open: October 12, 13, 26 & 27 from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Haunted Hayrides, Haunted House, NEW Kiddie Village in our Lighted Rodeo Arena with games, Pony Rides, Live Bands each Night on the Lake, Food, Fun and Family Friendly entertainment.  Pay One Price for all activities: $10 Ages 12 and older; Ages 5-11 $5, Little Ones ages 2-4 $1. Contact Betsy Barnes or Donna Hebert for information (225)261-4430. Email: [email protected].

Maine

  • 19TH Annual Maine State Giant Pumpkin And Squash Contest - September see their website for the exact date, 10 AM
    Cumberland Fairgrounds, Cumberland, ME;
  • Windsor Fair - August see their website for the exact date; 9AM
    Windsor, ME.
  • Punkinfiddle, A National Estuaries Day Celebration - late September, see their website for the exact date
    Family fun and learning, traditional crafts, pumpkin carving, great live music, animals, games, and more. Times: 10:00. a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fees: $10 a carload. Location: Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd, Wells.
  • Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest -  late October - see their website for the exact date
    Entries are available for all age groups with great prizes! Learn about the origins of Halloween and where pumpkin carving came from. Fees: $3 per pumpkin. Times: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Location: 363 Durgintown Rd, Hiram.
  • Annual Ogunquit Fest - October see their website for the exact date
    A weekend long festival including a scarecrow contest, pumpkin decorating, scavenger hunt, ghost stories, marketplace and much more. Fees: Fees vary by event; some free. Contact: Frances Reed, Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce..

Maryland

  • Montgomery County Department of Parks for the 20th annual Harvest Festival - first weekend in October - see their website for this year's date,  from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm each day
    Agricultural History Farm Park, 18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, Maryland - Old-time crafts, live music, food and tons of down-home on the farm fun. Families will enjoy potato digging, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making and gardening talks and demonstrations. Potato scramble, hay maze, gardening talks/demos, archaeological dig, pumpkin painting. See live farm animals, such as pigs, goats and working sheepdogs, enjoy storytellers and explore antique farm equipment. Admission is $10 per car. For more information on Harvest Festival call (301) 924-4141 or 301-721-0312 during event days.

Massachusetts

  • Topsfield Fair (GPC) - late September - see their website for the exact date
    207 Boston Street, Route 1, Topsfield, MA 01983. Phone: 978-887-5000. Directions: Route 1 north to the Fairgrounds on right, Topsfield, MA. Pumpkin weigh-off 8:30am in main Arena. Also, Beekeeping, milking demos, Pony Club competition, arts and crafts, Irish band, Country music, Thai fruit carving, magician. No pets allowed at fair!

Michigan

  • Bellville Lion's Club Weighoff -
    Lion's Club Building, Bellville, MI. NOTE: I haven't been able to verify this farm's information.  If you have been there or know their website's address or email address, could you let me know? Click here to write to me!
  • Harnica Farms Pumpkins and Great Pumpkin Weigh-off - pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, Pumpkin Weigh-Off,
    12406 Bigelow Road, Dundee, MI 48131. Phone: 734-529-2122. Open: during the month of October; Seven days a week, dawn to dusk. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. We sell a variety of squash, gourds, straw, and pumpkins (small to extra large). The great pumpkin weigh-off is the first Saturday in October. (UPDATED: October 06, 2014) (UPDATED: September 29, 2008)
  • Great Central Lakes Pumpkin Weigh-off (GPC) - late September see their website for the exact date
    Andy Ts Farm, 3131 S. US-27, St. Johns, MI 48879. Phone: 989-224-7674.
  • Pond Hill Farm Fall Harvest Festival - pumpkins, Harvest Festival, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, produce for sale, parking provide free, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals
    5581 S Lake Shore Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740. Phone: 231-526-3276. Email: [email protected]. Directions: We are located 5 miles North of downtown Harbor Springs on M119. Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in September. Open: Saturday October 4th 2008 from 10 to 4. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. (ADDED: September 14, 2008)
  • Pumpkin Weighoff -
    Monroe, MI. NOTE: I haven't been able to verify this farm's information.  If you have been there or know their website's address or email address, could you let me know? Click here to write to me!
  • South Lyons Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off - early October,
    Millennium Middle School, corner of Nine Mile Road and Pontiac Trail, South Lyon, MI. Weighing finishes 9:00am. Also see this page.
  • Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival - festival
    Tuscola County fairgrounds, Caro, MI. Phone: (989) 673-2511. Email: [email protected]. Directions: I-75 to M-81 exit; 1/2 hour East of Saginaw. Admission and parking is free. Open: see the website for this year's dates ( October 1 - 5, 2008) . Attracts nearly 50,000 visitors each year to the 4-day event, which takes place annually on the first weekend in October starting on a Thursday. Events include the Grande Parade, 5k road race, pie eating contest, pumpkin seed spitting contest, free matinee movie, a haunted house, millionaire's party, battle of the bands and inflatable playground with the Grande Parade held on Sunday afternoon. See the event schedule. Pumpkin Festival Haunted House (UPDATED: August 13, 2008)

Minnesota

  • Southern Minnesota Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off - September 27 - The weigh off starts at 10 am. 
    St. Croix Grower's Association Weigh-off - 9/27/2008
    106 Main St S, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082

Missouri

Montana

  • Big Sky Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh Off - September - see their website for the exact date, 7am – 8am
    Hamilton Farmer’s Market, Hamilton, MT. Does anyone have contact information for this event?  If so, please write me!
     

Nebraska

  • Santa's Woods Harvest Moon Festival - pumpkins, Harvest Festival, straw or hay bale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, wine, produce for sale, parking provide free, snacks and refreshment stand, musical entertainment, cooking or fruit/veg judging, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals
    Santa's Woods, 3764 highway 133, Blair, NE 68008. Phone: 402-468-5598. Email: [email protected]. Directions: from Omaha take 680 north to Irvington exit. Take Hiway 133 (also called Blair High Road) north towards Blair - Santa's Woods is on the east side of the Hiway. It is well marked and approximately 7- miles from the Irvington exit.. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in September. Open: Educational event showcasing alternative agricultural products; Wine tasting and culinary demos; vendor sites available; Admission is free! Will be held September 20, 2008 from 9am to 4pm. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: September 01, 2008)

Nevada

  • Calvary Chapel of Spring Valley's Annual Harvest Festival  -
    7175 West Oquendo Road - Las Vegas, Nevada, 89113. Phone: 702-362-9000. Open: from 5pm to 9pm on Friday, October 31st.  >It is a Harvest Festival with carnival rides, game booths, lots of candies and food.  All ages welcomed. The admission is free as are the game booths.  Wristbands are available for purchase for unlimited rides.  There are rides for older kids/adults and rides for the younger kids.  All supervised for safety.  Food is available for purchase. Free candy is handed out at all the game booths just for playing the games.  Face painting too!  There will be security guards as well as Metro police helping to keep things safe for the kids.  Shuttles and parking are provided. Last year over 7,000 people showed up, and they're expecting 10,000 this year. Great fun! You can wear costumes but no scary/gory type of costumes, please. (ADDED: October 24, 2008)

New Hampshire

  • Hillsboro County Fair - September 7, 2007, Friday 6pm
    Rt. 13, Boston, NH.  Does anyone have contact information for this event?  If so, please write me!
  • Hopkinton State Fair - August 30, 2007, Wednesday 12pm to 6pm
    Hopkinton Fair Ground, Contoocook, NH. Does anyone have contact information for this event?  If so, please write me!
  • The Keene (Now Laconia) Pumpkin Festival - Saturday, late October 10:00am to 10:00PM. Saturday, see website for this year's date
    Downtown at Main Street, Laconia, NH. Phone: 603-358-5344. Email: [email protected]. Open: Each fall, the city of Laconia, New Hampshire (it moved from Keene in 2015), comes alive with the sights and sounds of this annual celebration of community. Thousands contribute to the spectacle by bringing their own hand-carved pumpkins. The sight of more than 25,000 brightly lit jack-o-lanterns lining Main Street and towering over the square is an unforgettable experience. the Festival has become famous for its status as the holder of the world record for most jack-o-lanterns lit at the same time in one place. But the Keene Pumpkin Festival isn’t just about setting records…it’s about bringing people together in a spirit of community and participation. Admission is free. Off-site parking with shuttle bus service is available and is strongly recommended.
  • Milford Pumpkin Festival - early October, see website for this year's date7
    Milford Oval, Milford, NH. Phone: 603-672-4567. Email: [email protected]. Directions: The Great Pumpkin Festival is held annually in Milford, New Hampshire. Milford is located about 15 minutes northwest of Nashua NH and is accessible via NH Routes 101A, Rte 13 and Rte 101. The activities all take place on or around the Milford Oval at the junction of Routes 101A and 13.
  • NHGPGA State Weigh Off - mid October, see website for this year's date - 9am -11am
    Goffstown Common, Rt. 114, Main Street, Goffstown, NH
  • Rinde Festival - early October – 9am – 12 noon
    Rindge Center, Rindge, NH.  Does anyone have contact or current information for this event?  If so, please write me!
  • Rochester Fair - September 15, 2007, 10am
    Lafayette Street, Rochester, NH. Does anyone have contact or current information for this event?  If so, please write me!

New Jersey

  • Blackwood Pumpkin Festival - early October - call for this year's date, 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Rain date 10/8.
    Black Horse Pike, between Church St & West Lake Rd, Blackwood, NJ. Phone: 609-405-0306. Food, craft & specialty vendors, kids activities, entertainment.
  • Burjan's Pumpkin Festival - weekends only starting the last weekend in September and through October.
    524 Old York Rd, Flemington, NJ 08822. Phone: 908-782-7654. Fax: 908-782-9502. Email: [email protected]. Open: Saturday and Sunday from September 27th through October 26th; 9 am to 6 pm; Hayrides from 11am to about 5pm.  Directions: Located on Old York Rd. behind the Hess Gas Station in Three Bridges NJ. And for a map to our farm, click here. corn maze, pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, straw or hay bale maze, child-sized haybale maze, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides, face painting We open at 10:00 AM and hayrides begin between 11:00 AM and 12 PM. The last hayride goes out around 5:30 pm. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page.  (UPDATED: September 04, 2014)
  • Halloween Festival - Friday October 31, 2008 from 2:00 to 08:00 Saturday November 01, 2008 from 10:00 am to 08:00 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates.
    3061 Cedarville Rd, Millville, NJ 08332. Phone: 856-305-7476. Email: [email protected]. Directions: 2 miles east of the New Jersey Motorsports Park. Click here for a map and directions.  Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. (ADDED: September 24, 2008) There are pumpkins, Harvest Festival, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, train rides, corn maze, haunted corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, child-sized haybale maze, corn cannon, horse-drawn hay rides, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, apple cider, produce for sale, parking provide free, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, musical entertainment, carnival rides, cooking or fruit/veg judging, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, events at your location (call for info)
  • South Jersey Pumpkin Show Festival - October (see website for date)
    Salem County Fairgrounds. Rte. 40, Woodstown NJ 08098. Phone: 856-765-0118. Open: in 2014, October 10th to 12th, Friday, 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. We have $4,000 in prize money for 2014 Big Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Weigh-off is on Sunday, October 12 starting at noon. Check in 9:30am to noon. First Place wins $1,500, 2nd $1,000.00 prize money paid up to ten spots. (UPDATED: September 17, 2014)
  • "Haunted Seaport" - Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25, 2008
    Tuckerton Seaport, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton NJ. Phone: 609-296-8868. Pirates and sea captains long lost at sea wander the boardwalk for a night of screams! Hayrides, refreshments, story telling and a non-scary pumpkin patch for the little ones. Admission charged to non-members.
  • Fall Forestry Festival - Saturday, October 4, 2008, 10 am to 3 pm, rain or shine
    370 East Veterans Highway, Jackson, NJ 08527. Email: [email protected]. Directions: our directions - Mapquest directions. Meet Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and Treeture the squirrel. Other activities offered include pumpkin painting, hikes through the pinelands forest, birdhouse building, crafts, forest products, sawmill, autumn hayrides, and many other activities. We hope to see you at Fall Forestry Festival! For Families, groups, and scouts. Over 40 Nature-themed Exhibits, Demonstrations, and Tours. Free Parking and Admission! Girl Scout & Boy Scout Programs Scouts may attend Fall Forestry Festival to help fulfill badge requirements. Please see this page for more information on badge requirements covered. To be added to the scout mailing list, email the FREC with “scout mailing list” in the subject area. There are no reservations for scout programs.

New York

  • Cooperstown Weigh-off - Pumpkin Regatta – see their website for the exact date. In the parking lot of Doubleday Field, Cooperstown, NY.
  • The Great Pumpkin Festival - call for the exact date
    1543 Maple Ave. in Elmira, NY. Bradley Farms Pumpkin Weighoff Phone: 607-732-0561.
  • Great Pumpkins Weigh-off - early October- see their website for this year's date,  9am – 5pm + 7th 11am – 5pm
    Washington Square Park, Oswego, NY.
    first Saturday in October Giant Pumpkin weigh in Saturday 9am in the County Court House Parking lot. Coffee and Donuts for growers. Pumpkin Festival
  • Hicks Nurseries Great Pumpkin Weigh-off - first Sunday in October - see their website for the exact date, 12pm.
    100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY 11590. Phone: 516-334-0066. Winners in previous years have grown pumpkins weighing 876, 920 and 1030 pounds. Prizes will be awarded to the top three pumpkin growers. In addition there will be numerous fall activities underway at the nursery, including hayrides, farm animals, roasted corn, kettle corn, the Otto the Ghost story and Otto in person. The nursery is handicap accessible throughout.
  • Long Island Weigh-off (GPC) - early October
    The Bayberry Nursey, 50 Montauk Highway , Amagansett, NY.
  • Poughkeepsie Weighoff - October - see their website for the exact date
    Secor Farms, 63 Robinson Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY.
  • Pumpkinville Weigh-Off - October - see their website for the exact date
    4844 Sugartown Road, Great Valley, NY. Weighoff at noon. Phone: 716 699 2205.
  • Springdale Farm Harvest Festival - Festival: September 22: 10am – 3:00pm. Pumpkin patch event: October 8, 1pm to 3pm.
    Springdale Farm, 700 Colby Street, Spencerport, NY 14559. Phone: (585) 349-2090.   with scarecrow displays, a hay castle, petting zoo, fishing, crafts, live bluegrass music, horse-driven carriage rides, etc. 10 am to 4pm (Colby St, Ogden). They have many other activities, animals, robotic milking parlor, bakery.   Highlights include autumn adventures such as scarecrow displays, pumpkin sales, pedal tractors, corn husk teepee, petting zoo and wagon rides! The farm will be selling concessions, including hotdogs, hamburgers, salt potatoes, beverages, homemade pies, apples, cider and donuts.
  • Varick Winery and Vineyard - Fall festival, Pumpkin Weigh-Off, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food), events at your location (call for info)
    5102 State Route 89 Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Romulus, NY 14541. Phone: 315-549-8797. Email: [email protected]. Open: October 3 and 4, October 10, 11, 12, October 17 and 18, October 24 and 25, October 31, 2015 Pumpkin Chunking Event: see our website for details. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. August 1, 2015; Picnic on the Porch; Live Music, Picnic fare, Lawn games; December 12, 2015; Holiday Happiness; Discounts on our Country Store products. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. $4.00 to taste six wines. (ADDED: June 18, 2015)
  • Wheatfield Weigh-off - October 14, 2007
    Wheatfield, NY. Does anyone have contact or current information for this event?  If so, please write me!
  • World Pumpkin Confederation (WPC) - early October - see their website for this year's date, , 10 am.
    The Great Pumpkin Farm, Rte 5, Main Street, Clarence (in Buffalo), NY.

North Carolina

  • Fall Festival And Trunk Or Treat - Sunday, October 26 from 5 pm to 7 pm.
    1446 North Graham Hopedale Road, Burlington, NC 27215. Phone: 336-226-8777. Email: [email protected]. Directions: Take Graham Hopedale Road through the intersection with Church Street. Go approximately 2 miles. Church is on the left in the curve. And for a map to our farm, click here. Payment: Cash, only. Also included: moonwalk, animal balloons, and trunk or treating. All activities are free of charge; parking provide free, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, face painting, pony rides(ADDED: September 24, 2008)
  • Grays Creek FFA 5th Annual Hayride - tractor-pulled hay rides, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, face painting, farm animals
    5301 Celebration dr., Hope mills, NC 28348. Phone: (910)424-8589. Directions: In Cumberland County; Take exit 41 Off of Interstate 95 and head away from Hope Mills. Go about 1.5 to 2 miles and take a left onto Celebration drive, event is on the right. Crops are usually available in October. Open: Saturday, October 13th, From 6:30pm to 10:00pm On Saturday, October 13th, the Grays Creek FFA Chapter will hold it's 5th Annual hayride. There will be a tractor-driven hayride, Pumpkin Painting, Face Painting, and many more family-oriented events. The time is from 6:30pm to 10:00pm, and everyone is invited! For more Information and directions, call (910)-424-8589 ext. 311 Payment: Cash, only.
  • Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival - September - see their website for the exact date -  9:00am – 11am
    Elkin Municipal Park Hwy 268 West, Elkin, NC. Directions: I-77, exit 82, West on 67, left on Elm, right on Bridge & left on Standard Street. Will be located in the Smith Phillip parking lot.

Ohio

  • Barnesville Pumpkin Festival - Late September
    300 East Church Street, Barnesville, OH. The Barnesville, OH Pumpkin festival is held each year in the town square in Barnesville, OH. The pumpkins are brought there by individual farmers.  Weigh-off: September 26th, 6pm to 9pm
    Festival: September 26th – 30th.
  • Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers (GPC) - October - call for the current date, 10am – 1pm.
    Parks Garden Center, Canfield, OH.  DIRECTIONS: Parks Garden Ctr. Is 4 miles SW of Canfield, Oh on State Route 62.
    Canfield is SW of Youngstown. Phone: (330) 533-7278.
  • Providence Farm Pumpkin Festival - pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, child-sized haybale maze, horse-drawn hay rides, tractor-pulled hay rides, parking provide free, snacks and refreshment stand, musical entertainment, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals
    6494 Martinsburg Road, Mt. Vernon, OH 43050. Phone: 740-392-6494. Email: [email protected]. Directions: St. Route 586 (Martinsburg Road ) 5 miles south of Mt. Vernon. 4 miles north of Martinsburg. From the south- Route 62 north to Route 586 in Martinsburg. From the north- Route 13 south to Mt. Vernon, 586. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in October. Open: Saturday and Sunday , October 4th and 5th; noon - 6:00pm Festival is one weekend only. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Payment: Cash, only. Family fun on an old landmark farm. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch. Farm animals/petting zoo. Kids activities. Shop with local arts and crafts vendors! Grab some lunch or dinner and tap your toes to some live bluegrass/country music. Sunday's bluegrass features McCoy Grass! rain or shine. free admission. Prices in 2008: $1- $5 for some activities. (ADDED: September 02, 2008)
  • Southern Ohio Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-off - early October- see their website for this year's date, , 11:30am
    Chillicothe, OH. at Lowe’s Home Improvement
    867 North Bridge Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601.
  • Circleville Pumpkin Show - Wednesday in mid October (see the website) at 9am
    159 East Franklin Street, Circleville, Ohio 43113. In the town center, at the intersection of Court St. & Main St, Circleville, OH. The Circleville Pumpkin Show.
  • Oakland Nursery Pumpkin Weigh-off - first Sunday in October - see their website for the exact date, 2:00pm
    1156 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, OH.
  • New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers - October - see their website for the exact date
    New Bremen, OH. September 29 2:00pm
  • The Giant Pumpkin Festival - September - see their website for the exact date, Time: 10:00 AM
    1800 St. Route 7 NE, Yankee Lake, OH.
  • Ramseyer Farms Pumpkin Festival -Every weekend in October
    Saturdays: 11:00am – 7:00pm, Sundays: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
    3488 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691. Phone: 330-264-0264. Email us at: [email protected]. Directions: State Route 585, 2 miles south of Smithville, OH And for a map to our farm, click here. Mazes, Home made French fries, farm animals, scenic hayrides, acres of pumpkins, Make your own life-sized scarecrows. Fall festivals starting the last weekend in September through the last weekend of October.  (UPDATED: February 25, 2013)

Oklahoma

  • Newcastle Chamber of Commerce's the Great Pumpkin Fest - October 27 9am - 6pm
    Newcastle, OK. The Great Pumpkin Fest, one day event, is celebrated in October. Visitors from all over come to visit the pumpkin patch, participate in the fun, games and contests as well as visit with participating businesses and organizations. Vendor space is available at cost to non-members, otherwise space is free to members. An estimated 300 people come to stay and play. The Festival of Homes, two day event, consists of Newcastle homes of varying sizes and prices. These homes will provide interested buyers an idea of what Newcastle has to offer. The Festival Homes contain features such as exquisite exteriors to elegant interiors including larger lots than typically found within city limits. Click here for Applications to participate or Event Deadlines

Oregon

  • Canby Giant Pumpkin Festival - early October - see their website for this year's date,  10am.
    Fir Point Farm, just 1 mile up the road from Hoffmans, Canby, OR. Fir Point Farm, Aurora, OR.
  • Canyonville Pumpkin & Music Celebration Festival - Saturday, October 13, 2012
    Pioneer Park, Canyonville, OR 97417. Phone: 541-580-6083. Email: [email protected]. Directions: I-5 in Oregon to Exit 198 Canyonville. East to Main Street. Pioneer Park is 1 block east of Main Street between 3rd and 5th Street. Parking is free. Additional free parking: Head East on 3rd Street (Tiller Trail Highway. Take second right and parking on the right. Walk thru bridge right into Pioneer Park. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in October. Open: Saturday 10 am to 7 pm. Payment: Cash, only. A festival, not a farm - pumpkins, Harvest Festival, tractor-pulled hay rides, apple cider, wine, parking provide free, snacks and refreshment stand, musical entertainment, carnival rides, cooking or fruit/veg judging, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, petting zoo, events at your location (call for info)Antique & Classic Car & Truck Show; Contests: Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In; Carved Pumpkin ; Scarecrow ; Pumpkin Recipe ; Tall Tales Competition ; Pie Eating ; Seed Spitting ; Food: Alder BBQ Salmon Plate ; Oktoberfest Plate ; Lots more Northwest Microbrews and Award Winning Henry Estate Wines Wildlife Safari Animal Shows & Presentations Live Northwest Regional Music. (ADDED: August 31, 2008) (UPDATED: September 15, 2012)
  • Fir Point Farms Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off -  October 4, 2008
    14601 Arndt Road, Aurora, OR, 97002. Phone: 503-678-2455. Directions: I-5 south to Canby exit 282A. Turn left on Arndt Rd.
  • Terminator Weighoff -  late October - see their website for the exact date 12pm
    Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon.
  • Pacific Northwest Pumpkin Growers - October, times TBA
    16511 NW Gillhan Road, Sauvies Island, Portland, OR.
    The Pumpkin Patch - Phone: 503-621-3874.

Pennsylvania

  • OCCHP Pumkin Bumkin Fest - Fall Festival
    7 Vo Tech Drive Suite 1E, Oil City, PA, 16301. Phone: 814-677-5914. Email us at: [email protected]. Located in Venango County. The OCCHP Pumkin Bumkin Fest is a celebration of the season, pumpkins & underappreciated art forms. The festival is an annual event held the weekend before Halloween in downtown Oil City at Justus Park. Lots to see and do. Craft/art/food vendors, haunted house, live entertainment, fireworks & more. It'll leave you "screaming" for more.
  • PGPA Weigh-off (GPC) - October - see their website for the exact date, 8 am
    Sam's Club Parking Lot, Altoona, PA.

Rhode Island

  • Frerichs Farm Weigh-off - early October- see their website for this year's date, . 9am – 5pm.  They have a Pumpkin-Palooza, pumpkin weigh-off (see their website) . Frerichs has hosted the Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Grower’s Annual Weigh-off on Columbus Day Weekend. Thousands of people come to see the pumpkins and enjoy the festivities. Click here to see pictures from last year’s weigh-off. On certain October weekend evenings (October 17-18 & 24-25) the farm hosts BYOF (bring your own flashlight ) nights. Come see our spooky farm under the cover of darkness. Appropriate for all children. Starting Sept 12 and continuing through Oct 31, our Pumpkin Coach ride is running, our Western Town is open, and our pumpkin patch, make-your own scarecrow factories are up and going during our Pumpkin Palooza! Fall is definitely the time for kids at the farm! Click here to see pictures. Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off on Saturday October 12, 2013; Free Admission; Parking is $5 ; Pumpkins arrive at 9:30 am. Pumpkin drop at 11:30 am. Weigh-off starts at 12 pm (ADDED: October 06, 2009, suggested by a visitor)  (UPDATED: October 07, 2013, from their website)

South Dakota

  • Great South Dakota Pumpkin Weighoff (GPC) - Pumpkin Festival: a weekend in early October- see their website for this year's date, , Saturday: 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm
    At the apple orchard located about 5 miles south of Sioux Falls on Hwy 115. Sioux Falls, SD.
  • Harvest Festival – late September .
    At the apple orchard located about 5 miles south of Sioux Falls on Hwy 115. Sioux Falls, SD. Saturday: 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm.  Does anyone have contact or current information for this event?  If so, please write me!

Texas

  • Floydada Pumpkin Festival - Second Saturday of each October
    Floydada, TX 79235. Phone: 806-983-3434. Costume contests for all ages, pie baking, pumpkin carving and coloring, pumpkin decoration, pumpkin pie relays, Cow Patty Bingo, seed spitting contest, Trunk or Treating, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin rolling, pumpkin guessing and pumpkin weighing are just a few of the activities offered during the extravaganza held each year on the 2nd weekend in October.
  • Houston area - 7 Acre Wood's Thrill at the Mill - last Saturday of October from 4pm-9pm.
    4401 N. Frazier , Conroe, TX 77303. Phone: (936) 890-2326. Email: [email protected]. Directions: From Interstate 45 take exit 91 (Leagueline Road), go E. 2 blocks to Hwy. 75 (Frazier), go N. 2 blocks and 7 Acre Wood is a red and white country frontage located on the left side of the road. And for a map to our farm, click here. The festival includes: live bluegrass, performers, games and candy, scarecrow judging, mini golf, petting zoo, zip lines, and so much more.  They also have pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, straw or hay bale maze, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school toursPayment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard, Discover.  (ADDED: October 3, 2008)

Tennessee

  • Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off - festival
    Allardt, TN. Phone: 931-879-9948. Email: [email protected]. Open: September 30 to October 01, 2005. In addition to the contest for the largest pumpkin, there are crafts, food vendors, pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting, music, games, car show, antique tractor show, motorcycle show, and other events.  Free admission and free parking. Farmers and gardeners from several states show their prize pumpkins and other vegetables to compete for cash prizes and world record consideration at the weigh-off held annually on the first Saturday in October, this year on October 6. (UPDATED: September 29, 2012) 

Texas

  • Covington's Nursery 1st Annual Fall Festival - pumpkins, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, child-sized haybale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, parking provide free, restrooms, face painting, petting zoo
    5518 Liberty Grove, Rowlett, TX 75089. Phone: 972-475-5888. Directions: And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in October. Open: Monday thru Wednesday 9:00am 6:00pm Thurs and Friday 9:00am 7:00pm Saturday from 9:00am 6:00pm Sun 10:00am 5:00pm Fall Festival on Saturday October18,2008 from 11:00am until 4:00pm. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. (ADDED: October 07, 2008)

Utah

  • Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers, UGPG - Weigh-in 11:00am
    Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, Utah.
    A visitor writes on September 23, 2011:
    "The 2011 Utah giant pumpkin growers weigh off is September 24 at 11:00 am"

Vermont

  • Cabot Apple Pie Festival - October - see their website for the exact date from 10 to 3 pm. [Always the Saturday after Columbus Day - it will be October 18th in 2008.]
    Cabot Vermont. Apple pie baking contests for adult & juniors, craft fair, live entertainment & food sales. Family Entertainment, Food, Cash and merchandise prizes. Craft fair, live music, hand-pressing of cider, and other entertainment for adults and children. Slices of pie and whole pies, homemade soups, chili, sandwiches, hot dogs, etc. for sale. Free admission and parking. Silent auction, raffle, auction of prize-winning pies.

Virginia

Culpeper County

  • Owsberry Farm - pumpkin patch-pick in the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, Pumpkin Weigh-Off,
    5208 Myers Mill Road, Jeffersonton, VA 22724. Phone: 540-937-7091. Email: [email protected]. Open: Every weekend in October, Saturdays 10 am to 6pm and Sundays 12 pm to 6pm. Directions: Take Culpeper Street from Warrenton, turns into Springs Rd, after 6 miles pass Fauquier Springs Country Club (golf course), cross Rappahannock River take first left onto Myers Mill Rd, go about 1 mile to gate entrance to pumpkin patch. For a map to our farm, click here. Payment: Cash, Check. Over 30 varieties to choose from - miniatures to giants in all shapes and colors, from traditional jack-o-lanterns to strikingly unusual pumpkins, plus a huge selection of decorative gourds. Free hayrides! Climb the straw bale pile. Guess the weight of your purchase and get a pumpkin or gourd for free! We are a small multi-generational family farm. ((UPDATED: August 24, 2016) (UPDATED: September 19, 2014) (UPDATED: September 17, 2013)(UPDATED: September 02, 2011)

Botetourt County

  • Jeter Farm Fall Festival and Country Store - pumpkins, pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, Fall festival, cow train / barrel train rides, corn maze, we also have pie pumpkins, tractor-pulled hay rides, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area (bring your own food), petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    181 Blue Ridge Blvd, Roanoke, VA 24175. Phone: 540-977-5314. Email: [email protected]. Open: Weekends September 27  to October 26: Friday 3pm to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm, Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: We're located on highway 460 at the Boeteourt/Roanoke County line at 181 Blue Ridge Blv, Roanoke, VA. Just one mile on the left past the Bonsack Walmart & Lowes heading towards Bedford. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: September 13, 2014) (UPDATED: August 15, 2012) (ADDED: August 30, 2010)

Washington

  • Burlington Harvest Festival -
    900 East Fairhave Avenue, Burlington, WA 9823. Phone: 360-755-9649. Email: [email protected]. A FREE festival featuring old-fashioned harvest season activities including the West Coast's One & Only PUMPKIN PITCH, (see the video here, To register for the team contest, contact the Burlington Parks & Recreation Department at 360 755-9649.)children’s entertainment, mule drawn wagon rides, pumpkin weigh-in, food booths, art show, and entertainment. Join us for the Boy Scout pancake Breakfast, Free Family Fun Fest & the Kiwanis Barn Dance. Kids activities including face painting, pumpkin painting, games, bouncyhouse, and zuchinni races.
  • Central Market 2nd Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off (GPC) - October - see their website for the exact date 9:00am
    15505 Westminster Way N., Shoreline, WA.
  • Lynden Harvest Festival - Hay wagon rides, hot cider, giant hay mazes, pumpkin carving, scarecrow-making
    Lynden, WA. Email: [email protected]. Open: see their website for the exact date. Phone: 360-354-5995. Also, BBQ, music, craft fair, apple and cheese sampling... Everything a Harvest Festival should be! Visitors can travel between downtown and Fairway Center via free hay wagon rides along Front Street on Saturday!  
  • Scholz Pumpkin Palace Giant Pumpkin Weighoff - see their website for the exact date, at 10 am
    12920 State Route 162 E., East Orting, WA. Phone: (253) 848-7604. Directions: From Puyallup, head east on Pioneer to Hwy. 162 (Sumner-Orting Hwy) and turn right. Continue 3 miles. We’re on the right, past 128th St, or call for directions. 
  • Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival! - Giant pumpkinCkagit Valley Christianson's Nursery Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off winner weighoff, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, face painting, pony rides, farm animals
    Christianson's Nursery & Greenhouse, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. Phone: 360-466-3821. Alternate Phone: 800-585-8200. Fax: 360-466-2940. Email: [email protected]. Event dates: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From Northbound and Southbound I5: Take Highway 20 Exit; Head West on Highway 20 for 5 miles; Turn left on Best Road; Drive south for 3 miles; we are on the right, 1/4 mile past the round-about. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Click here for our Facebook page. 4th year running! How big will the winning giant pumpkin in the weigh-off be this year? Last year it was 1,103 pounds! Come for a fun day of gawking at huge orange blobs, plus pony rides, face painting, toad races, carnival games, harvest food, music and a talk about bats (reservations requested for the bat talk, 360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200). We also welcome you to bring and show off your giant vegetables, big sunflowers and pumpkins grown by children. Free admission; some activities have a small fee. For a full schedule see www.christiansonsnursery.com. (ADDED: July 16, 2014)
  • Snohomish Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off - see their website for the exact date. Noon 
    15505 Westminster Way N., Snohomish, WA.
  • Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins - late October see their website for the exact date from 10am – 5pm.
    Snohomish, WA
  • Western Washington Fair Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off - see their website for the exact date; at 5:30 pm
    Fairgrounds off 15th Ave. S.W. and 5th St. S.W.,  Puyallup, WA. Growers should be at Service gate by 4:45, on the S.W. side of the Fairgrounds.
  • Whidbey Island Weighoff - October - call for date
    Farmers Market, Coupeville, WA. Unofficial weigh-off only for pumpkins grown on Whidbey Island. For Information, call Lee at 360-675-5687.

West Virginia

  • West Virginia Pumpkin Festival - see their website for the exact date or call for current dates!
    P O Box 358, Milton, WV 25541. Phone: Correct phone number is unknown (it ois NOT the number that ends in 9222). 2011 was the 26th year for it!  Also see this page!

Wisconsin

  • Eugster's Farm Market Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off - see their website for the exact date
    3865 Hwy# 138, Stoughton, WI. We're located between Stoughton and Oregon on Hwy 138, just 20 miles south of Madison.
  • GPGA Greenleaf Pumpkin Growers Association - October - see their website for the exact date
    Greenleaf, WI.  Does anyone have contact or current information for this event?  If so, please write me!
  • Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin Festival (GPC) - early October- see their website for this year's date,
    Riverside Park, Highway 73 on the east side, Nekoosa, WI. Weigh-off  8am - 10am.
     

 

 

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