1,792 lb pumpkin breaks the state record at the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Photo copyright Marc Weinberg

Shoreline's Central Market hosted the 15th annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Saturday, October 8 at their store in Aurora Square.

Pumpkin growers from all around the Pacific NW and Canada gathered at Central Market in Shoreline to show off their pumpkins, which ranged anywhere from 500 to more than 1,000 pounds.

Photo copyright Marc Weinberg

The pumpkins were carefully weighed using a net system, a forklift, and gently placed on a giant scale provided by the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers organization.

A 1,792 pound pumpkin grown by Joel Holland broke the state record, set in 2013 with a pumpkin that weighed 1,666 pounds. Holland went home with bragging rights and a $2,000 check.

Central Market served Pumpkin Bratwurst Barbecue, caramel apples, and partnered with the Shoreline Farmers Market to give out pumpkin cookies to the kids.

Central Market manager Ken Yette said, "It was a windy, rainy day but the turnout was great – more than 300 pumpkin bratwursts were consumed!"

A master carved created works of art
Photo copyright Marc Weinberg

A Master Carver created pumpkin sculpture during the event.

The top five pumpkins were on display
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The top five pumpkins are on display in front of the store – at least two will be shipped out to other Central Markets, and perhaps a couple to their other markets.

Central Market Shoreline, open 7am -11pm, is at 15505 Westminster Way N., Shoreline (206-363-9226).


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