Giant vegetables coming to town at Pumpkinfest 2022

Only one day until Pumpkinfest 2022 begins.ย  One of the biggest attractions of the annual Pumpkinfest in Port Elgin is the weigh-off of giant vegetables that begins on Saturday morning. (Oct. 1/22).

Giant cabbage leag held by MC Dave Middleton 2010 (ST file photo)

 

From giant pumpkins to tomatoes to the tallest sunflower and the largest cabbage, the competition is keen between growers from across Ontario and Quebec.

Saugeen Times file photo

Many have come close to Canadian-and-beyond records. The weigh-off is carefully monitored and weights are live-streamed.ย  While prizes range from theย  ‘Heaviest Pumpkins’ at $3,000 $1,500 $1,000 $500 $300, the recognition for many of the growers is how they have grown their vegetables.

The weigh-off takes place in the Missionary Church (former old Port Elgin arena), where visitors can view first-hand the incredible giant vegetables as they are weighed.