What started out as a project for Drew Thompson to do with his grandpa, Glenn Primrose, is now an annual tradition rooted in the spirit of competition. It’s all about growing the heftiest pumpkin of all. The duo from Grass Lake, Mich., was joined by other family members Sept. 28 at Andy T’s Farm in St. Johns, Mich., for the Central Great Lakes Weigh-off, sanctioned by The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. Pictured are (from left) Cheri Thompson, Nancy Primrose, Glenn Primrose, Brian Thompson (Oakley the dog), Larry Clark, Michelle Clark and Drew Thompson.
Vying to see who can grow the heaviest pumpkin has become a fun yet competitive goal for many growers.
It takes a forklift to move gigantic pumpkins around.
Andy Todosciuk, owner of Andy T’s in St. Johns, Mich., works with employee Lisa Roy to finalize results of the weigh-off and write checks for the winners Sept. 28.
Ribbons are awarded to the top 10 pumpkin entries, as well as for top squash and the best-looking pumpkin.
Joe Platte of Comstock Park, Mich., won the heaviest squash, weighing in at 818 pounds.
This pumpkin won the prettiest pumpkin award.
Joe Platte was the winner of the heaviest pumpkin at the Central Great Lakes Weigh-Off, hosted by Andy T’s Farm in St. Johns, Mich. The winning pumpkin weighed 1,462 pounds. He’s pictured here with another one of his entries, which was disqualified because of a crack that went into the cavity of the pumpkin. The top pumpkin was already loaded and headed to Frankfort, Mich., where Ed Moody planned to carve it into a display for the Frankfort Fall Festival, where there was another pumpkin weigh-off Oct. 12.