On Sunday August 28th, 2005 the Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Growers (SNGPG) held their first annual summer picnic and patch tour in Rhode Island. The hard working folks of the SNGPG put on a fantastic event! Two school buses were provided by the SNGPG to bring the over 100 guests around the state to see the pumpkin patches. There were four tour stops planned including Topsfield's 2004 Champion Steve Sperry, Joe Jutras, Fred Macari and Ron and Dick Wallace. A fifth tour stop was added so we could see the patch of John Nicholas (and his growing partner - Ron Wallace).
The patch tour went from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. When we got back everybody was starving! The food was prepared by Ron Wallace and his staff and it was second to none! We chowed down on grilled half chickens, New England clam chowder, chili, burgers, hotdogs, sauage and peppers, meatballs, salads, corn on the cob and watermelon. These folks really did a fine job. Thanks for such a wonderful day.