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Weigh Offs...

Topsfield, MA October 2, 1999

Topsfield Carving

Well, this is it... the weigh-off we have been waiting for. The biggest one in New England. Coke is putting up $10,000 for the largest pumpkin over 1,000 pounds! Will that prize be claimed this year? With the severe drought and heat we had this year in New England most people seemed to think the 1,000 pound barrier was not going to be achieved. However, Hugh Wiberg did mention to the crowd at Topsfield that several very large pumpkins over 800 pounds broke down within the last week prior to the event.

This was our first time attending the Topsfield weigh-off and it was fantastic! Everyone was very friendly and the event was run smoothly. We had the opportunity to meet some big name growers from all over New England. During the show we were taking lots of pictures and video. We hope to post some of the video soon. We tried to keep track of the results the best we could. There were several write-ins so these results are very unofficial.


From this vantage point it is easy to see how fierce the competition is. We have never seen so many huge pumpkins in one spot before! This shot also gives you a sense of how loose the atmosphere was. We were able to wander up to any pumpkin on the floor. Growers were happy to talk about tips, techniques, and tribulations they had this season. It was really a blast milling around watching the growers sizing up the competition. From Overhead Platform

Leader Board This is the Leader Board that was updated every time a new pumpkin weighed more than the current heavyweight. You could see everyone's eyes dart back and forth from this board to the scale's digital readout every time a big one was loaded.

You wouldn't believe how difficult it was to get this shot. Everyone with a camera was crowding around trying to get a glimpse of the winners and their prize pumpkins. Although the competition was fierce, it was a very tough year. This fact is all too evident when you consider the largest pumpkin was under 800 pounds. The $10,000 prize will have to wait until next year. Winners

Third Place Dan Kruszyna and his son with their third place finishing 773.8 lb. pumpkin. Dan is one of several "heavy hitters" from western Massachusetts. Oh, by the way, we just love the "My life is Giant Pumpkins" tee-shirt!

This is Bob and Sue McNamee and Danny from Tolland Connecticut with their 774.6 lb. pumpkin which finished in 2nd place. Bob and Sue are the current Connecticut state record holders with their last years 776.5 pounder. Talk about consistency! Great job. Second Place

First Place The WINNER! The Daignault family from Hinsdale Massachusetts with their 781.6 lb. pumpkin. That is one heck of a check too...$3,500 first prize. Congratulations, excellent job!

Here are some other photos we snapped at the Topsfield '99 weigh-off. Click on the thumbnail to view the full sized photo.
305 Parker
305 Parker
305.6 Gilford
305.6 Gilford
404.6 Langevin
404.6 Langevin
642.4 Denigris
642.4 Denigris
737.8 Hackney
737.8 Hackney
740.8 Mongeon
740.8 Mongeon
774.6 McNamee
774.6 McNamee
781.6 Daignault
781.6 Daignault
896.8 Goetze
896.8 Goetze
Hugh Wiberg
Hugh Wiberg
Ken and Don
Ken and Don
The Crowd
The Crowd
The Floor
The Floor
   

More Photos of the Topsfield Top 10

View the Unofficial Results

Pumpkin Carvings from Topsfield

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