2018-11-08 / Local & State

143-Lb. Pumpkin Wins Fall Fest Pumpkin Contest

By Cassidy Pittman

Pictured is Tracy Deneen with her award-winning 143 - and 105 - pound pumpkins. Pictured is Tracy Deneen with her award-winning 143 - and 105 - pound pumpkins. The results are in for the annual pumpkin-growing contest hosted by the Grease, Steam, and Rust (GSR) Association during the Fulton Fall Folk Festival (FFFF), and Tracy Deneen of Needmore took first prize and second prize this year with her 143-pound and 105-pound pumpkins. She received 90 out of 100 points for the 143-pound pumpkin and $150 for her winning submissions. Deneen is the daughter of Ralph and Barb Schriever.

Luke, 11, and Avery Bivens, 6, also submitted a pumpkin weighing 37 pounds.

To compete, contestants had to grow pumpkins from seeds obtained through Mc- Connellsburg Motor & Implement. They also had to register their pumpkins at October’s FFFF by Oct. 19 at noon, and provide a picture taken the last day of each month from the date seed was planted to the date it was harvested. Each contestant could submit up to four entries from six of the obtained seeds. This year’s contest proved to be a little more challenging, however, due to the heavy rain causing rot on the vines.

Once registered, the pumpkins were then judged by John Johnston, Mc- Connellsburg, and displayed on the stage of the new pavilion located above the red building at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The pumpkins were judged by size and weight. The contestants were also encouraged to enter pumpkins that showed no blemishes, dirt, disease, infection, or mechanical damage.

According to the GSR, Deneen really enjoyed participating in the competition and has learned that she has a lot to learn. Her first attempt at the contest was last year, but 2018 proved to be a more successful year. She is also appreciative of the contest and felt it was good for the community.

The contest coordinator was Carol Morton Tebo.

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