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In the Patch...SNGPG Picnic/Patch Tour 8/28/2005
 

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).

These Rhode Island guys have plenty of good pumpkins going. I would not be surprised to see them at the top of the list at both the Topsfield and Frerichs Farm weighoffs. Please check out the photos below.

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.

After dinner it as time for the raffle. The SNGPG were raffling off a $525 Stihl Mist Blower! The winners of the raffle were:

  1. Mist Blower - Albina Flores
  2. Tea Brewer - Matt Winey
  3. Giant Pumpkin Books - Kevin Companion
  4. 5gallons of Fish - Steve Davies
  5. Liquor Basket - Dave Hampton (Dave donated this back to be raffled in Oct.)


 
Topsfield 2004 Champion - Steve Sperry

Topsfield 2004 Champion - Steve Sperry

1253 Sperry x 1068 Wallace

1253 Sperry x 1068 Wallace

Steve Sperry Pumpkin on the 1420 LaRue

Steve Sperry Pumpkin on the 1420 LaRue

1420 LaRue x 1253 Sperry

1420 LaRue x 1253 Sperry

The Patch of Joe Jutras

The Patch of Joe Jutras

Joe Jutras with his 842 Eaton x 801 Stelts

Joe Jutras with his 842 Eaton x 801 Stelts

842 Eaton x 801 Stelts Second Angle

842 Eaton x 801 Stelts Second Angle

Chart for Joe Jutras' 842 Eaton x 801 Stelts

Chart for Joe Jutras' 842 Eaton x 801 Stelts

High-tech Stump Guard

High-tech Stump Guard

Joe Jutras' 1068 Wallace x 842 Eaton

Joe Jutras' 1068 Wallace x 842 Eaton

Chart for Joe Jutras' 1068 Wallace x 842 Eaton

Chart for Joe Jutras' 1068 Wallace x 842 Eaton

Stem-end of Joe Jutras' 1068 Wallace x 842 Eaton

Stem-end of Joe Jutras' 1068 Wallace x 842 Eaton

Joe Jutras' Water Tanks

Joe Jutras' Water Tanks

Water Pump

Water Pump

Patch of Joe Jutras in Rhode Island

Patch of Joe Jutras in Rhode Island

Ron and Dick Wallace's 1253 Sperry x 1068 Wallace

Ron and Dick Wallace's 1253 Sperry x 1068 Wallace

Beanbag chair or 1068 Wallace?

Beanbag chair or 1068 Wallace?

Impressive Stump

Impressive Stump

Ron and Dick Wallace's 500 Wallace x 919 Wallace

Ron and Dick Wallace's 500 Wallace x 919 Wallace

Chart for 500 Wallace x 919 Wallace

Chart for 500 Wallace x 919 Wallace

Ron and Dick Wallace's 1068 Wallace x 1420 LaRue

Ron and Dick Wallace's 1068 Wallace x 1420 LaRue

Stem-end of the 1068 Wallace x 1420 LaRue

Stem-end of the 1068 Wallace x 1420 LaRue

Ron and Dick Wallace's 1420 LaRue x 1253 Sperry

Ron and Dick Wallace's 1420 LaRue x 1253 Sperry

Alan Reynolds and his Hummer

Alan Reynolds and his Hummer

Fred Macari and one of his 1173 Macari pumpkins

Fred Macari and one of his 1173 Macari pumpkins

Pumpkin on the 1173 Macari

Pumpkin on the 1173 Macari

Side-view of 1173 Macari

Side-view of 1173 Macari

Fred Macari's Watering System

Fred Macari's Watering System

Secret Brew?

Secret Brew?

Adventures in Extreme Pruning

Adventures in Extreme Pruning

Fred Macari's 1068 Wallace Plant

Fred Macari's 1068 Wallace Plant

Fred Macari's pumpkin on the 500 Wallace

Fred Macari's pumpkin on the 500 Wallace

Side-view of Fred Macari's pumpkin on the 500 Wallace

Side-view of Fred Macari's pumpkin on the 500 Wallace

Blossom-end pumpkin on the 1173 Macari

Blossom-end pumpkin on the 1173 Macari

John Nicholas' pumpkin on the 500 Wallace

John Nicholas' pumpkin on the 500 Wallace

Stem Split Healed Over

Stem Split Healed Over

John Nicholas' pumpkin on the 919 Wallace

John Nicholas' pumpkin on the 919 Wallace

John Nicholas with pumpkin on the 1068 Wallace

John Nicholas with pumpkin on the 1068 Wallace

John Nicholas' pumpkin on the 961 Wallace

John Nicholas' pumpkin on the 961 Wallace

John Nicholas' pumpkin on the 1068 Wallace

John Nicholas' pumpkin on the 1068 Wallace

Blossom-end of pumpkin on the 1068 Wallace

Blossom-end of pumpkin on the 1068 Wallace

President and Chef Wallace

President and Chef Wallace

We have a Winner!

We have a Winner!

   
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