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2013 produced another one ton pumpkin: 2032 lbs !
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grown by Tim Mathison of Napa, CA

       Locally 2013 was a difficult growing season, the Spring was cold and kind of dry, however the rains came in May and June, setting a two month record of over 20" in the Burlington area.   All this rain caused all kinds of flash flooding, just ask the Squires!
     Regardless of the weather some members still grew personal bests.  Mark & Shannon Breznick took third place at Topsfield with a 1530.5 lb giant, Brent Towne smashed through the 1K mark with a VGPGA weigh-off winning 1290 lbs and despite having to backfill his patch "twice" Dick Squires grew 831 lbs (pretty impressive).
     There were also new State records for Watermelon (John & Kerry Young) and Field pumpkin (Kevin Companion).   Nice growing all!
     

Annual On-Line Seed Auction,
held January 5 - 13th, 2013.

   Our On-line seed auction was a great success!    Thanks to all the growers who donated seeds and all the bidders who participated.   Many thanks to Steve Minor, Ann Squires, Randy Stromback, John Young and Terry Keim for setting up and working the auction.   Special thanks to Ann for organizing and sending out all the seeds.   And another special thanks to Randy for building and donating a hefty lifting ring.

Results from 2013 On-line seed auction.

Annual Winter Meeting held in Barre, VT at the Comfort Inn on Saturday February 23rd, 2013.

click here to download "Minutes" pdf file

Annual Summer BBQ and Patch Tour, August 10th, 2013.

    The patch tour was in the southern part of the state this year.  We visited the Boyce, Parker, Cole and Cadieux patches.  Ending up at Huey and Wendy Cadieux's for the BBQ, great food, great weather and a lot of fun.   Not much club business dicussed, but a lot of talk about pumpkin success and failure.

Annual Fall Events:

Photos from 2013 VGPGA weigh-off.

VGPGA 2013 weigh-off results for pumpkins.

2013 VGPGA crew
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at Sam Mazza's in Colchester, 10/12/2013

Vermont State Watermelon - 127 lbs 10/12/13
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VGPGA weigh-off, grown by John & Kerry Young, Jericho, VT

10/12/13- Kevin Companion from Huntington, VT
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First place at VGPGA weigh-off - 99 pound field pumpkin.

2013 VGPGA Pumpkins

2013 VGPGA Long Gourds

2013 VGPGA Watermelon

2013 VGPGA Squash

2013 VGPGA Field Pumpkin

2013 VGPGA Tomato

2013 GPC Pumpkins

2013 GPC Squash

2013 GPC Long Gourds

2013 GPC Watermelons

2013 GPC Field Pumpkin

2013 GPC Tomato

Vermont Giant Pumpkin Growers
The Green Mountian State
Retrofitted in 2011!