Rarely does anyone anticipate a weigh-in as much as pumpkin-growers do.
It is one contest where being biggest, and most round and lumpy, is best.
Show-worthy pumpkins, gourds, tomatoes and melons lined the pathways at Saturday's 3rd annual Harvest Festival at Thanksgiving Point. The state's biggest and best pumpkins were weighed and judged, including growers from a new junior division, age 16 and younger. It is the ninth year pumpkins have weighed in, with some tipping the scales at 1,600 pounds, breaking state records.
The event provided fun for the whole family, as a variety of activities, crafts and contests were available. Locally-harvested fruits and vegetables and handmade products from throughout the state also made a showing and were for sale through the two-day festival.