Change of Season—Pumpkin Time!

October 2, 2009 Updated: October 1, 2015

779 POUNDER!:Here's Jim Fredricks' 779 pound pumpkin during its weighing and eventual seed harvesting! Nice size, shape and color, plus it may well be the biggest pumpkin grown in San Diego County in 2009! (Stuart Shim/Pumpkinmania)
779 POUNDER!:Here's Jim Fredricks' 779 pound pumpkin during its weighing and eventual seed harvesting! Nice size, shape and color, plus it may well be the biggest pumpkin grown in San Diego County in 2009! (Stuart Shim/Pumpkinmania)
Even the slightest nip in the air can bring us thoughts of autumn, with leaves of all colors, the crunch of apples, and the jolly spirit of orange pumpkins.

And now we can go to see not just pumpkins, but giant pumpkins!

Continuing his tradition of celebrating these behemoth garden products, Stuart Shim is holding the Pumpkinmania Weigh-Off and Contest again this year, on Sunday, Oct. 25, lasting 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The contest registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with the weigh-off starting at noon. Entry in the contest is free.

Pumpkinmania will be held at the Heritage Museum of Orange County, at 3101 West Harvard Street, Santa Ana, CA, 92704. Visit http://www.heritagemuseumoc.org for directions and a map.

It’s free to come and enjoy the fun! Look at the pumpkins, talk with the growers, eat, try arts and crafts, watch blacksmithing demonstrations, guess the weight of the three heaviest pumpkins, and more.

At the start of the growing season, Stuart traveled up and down the coast teaching people the tricks of growing giant pumpkins. Then he began tracking the results and posted news and photos on his blog at http://www.pumpkinmania.blogspot.com.

Some stories of success came out, along with some sad stories of rot and ruin, but altogether it is an entertaining adventure with fun being as important as production. New growers share their excitement and the photos of the progress on their vines and experienced growers send in their proud pictures; some harvest their pumpkin before disaster strikes, while others keep their fingers crossed that the pumpkin will stay healthy until the weigh-off.

The Epoch Times is a sponsor of the 2009 Pumpkinmania Contest.