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Another new WORLD record!!! 2,323.7 lbs
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Beni Meier from Switzerland, grown from his '13 2328 dmg.

          2014 had beautiful summer weather and some HUGE pumpkins!   Personal bests were obtained by Mark & Sharon Breznick 1710 lbs and a NEW Vermont State Record, Dick & Ann Squires 1649 lbs and a new VGPGA Site Record, Laural & Todd Keys 1439 lbs, Dale Duffy 1140 lbs (earned a 1k jacket), Jonas Keim 772 lbs (first year junior grower and Howard Dill award winner), Michael Gilchirst 582 lbs (first year grower),  Bill Erskine 412 lbs and Mike & Sharon Morrison 197 lbs (also first year growers).  
   Also Kevin Companion set a NEW Vermont State Record with a 129 lb field pumpkin and Dan & Holly Boyce set a NEW Vermont State Record for Tomato at 4.8 lbs.
 

2014 VGPGA crew
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at Sam Mazza's in Colchester, 09/27/2014

VGPGA on facebook

Annual On-Line Seed Auction,
held January 4 - 12th, 2014.

   Once again 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, Brent Towne, John Young and Terry Keim for setting up and working the auction.   Special thanks to Ann for organizing and sending out all the seeds.  

Results from 2014 On-line seed auction.

Annual Winter Meeting held in Barre, VT at the Comfort Inn on Saturday February 22rd, 2014.

click here to view "2014 Winter Mtg Minutes" pdf file.

Annual Summer BBQ and Patch Tour held at the Squires in Jericho, VT on Sunday August 10th, 2014.

click here to view "2014 Summer BBQ Mtg" minutes

Annual VGPGA weigh-off held at Sam Mazza's Farmstand in Colchester, VT on Saturday September 27th, 2014.

          Wow, wow, wow, what a day at the VGPGA weigh-off.  Beautiful summer weather and some HUGE pumpkins!   The day was dedicated to the memory of Monique Brigante who recently passed away after a battle with cancer.
          A big congratulations to Dick and Ann Squires for taking top prize and setting a NEW Vermont State Record, 1649 lbs!  Almost doubling their previous personal best, great job.  Laural and Todd Keys took second place with "Hail"ey weighing in at 1439 lbs, also a personal best!  Both these pumpkins were growen from Laural's 1330.5 seed.  Other personal bests were Dale Duffy 1140 lbs (earned a 1k jacket), Jonas Keim 772 lbs (first year junior grower and Howard Dill award winner), Michael Gilchirst 582 lbs (first year grower),  Bill Erskine 412 lbs, Mike and Sharon Morrison 197 lbs (also first year growers).  Congrats to everyone who got a pumpkin to the weigh-off, that is an achievement in itself.     

   We also had a lot of other vegetables weighed in, Kevin Companion set a NEW Vermont State Record with a 129 lb field pumpkin and John and Kerry Young took top watermelon at 104 lbs and top long gourd with 122  3/8".

   A great day, thanks again to Mazza's for hosting.

VGPGA 2014 Weigh-off photo album

2014 VGPGA Pumpkins

2014 VGPGA Long Gourds

2014 VGPGA Watermelon

2014 VGPGA Squash

2014 VGPGA Field Pumpkin

2014 VGPGA Tomato

  Growers in the local news:  Steve Minor appeared on "Across the Fence" awhile back and Dick Squires appeared on local news, see the links below.

Across the Fence video about Giant Pumpkins.

New Vermont State Record

10/03/2014 - Mark and Sharon Breznick, Pittsford..
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NEW Vermont State Record - 1710 lbs weighed at Topsfiled, MA.

9/27/2014 - Dick and Ann Squires, Jericho, VT..
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NEW VGPGA Site Record - 1649 lbs

09/27/14- Kevin Companion from Huntington, VT
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First place and State Record at VGPGA weigh-off - 129 pound field pumpkin.

10/03/14 - Holly Boyce from Benson, VT
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4.8 pound tomato - new VT state record!.

1000+ pound pumpkins grown by VGPGA members : (this is here to be archived)

Pounds
Grower
Year

Notes & Awards

1710
Breznick
2014

Topsfield, MA weigh-off and New Vermont State Record

1651
Breznick
2014

Frerichs Farm, RI

1649
Squires
2014

1st Place at VGPGA weigh-off and New Site Record

1556.5
Companion
2012

1st Place at VGPGA weigh-off and New State Record

1530.5
Breznick
2013

3rd place Topsfield weigh-off

1508
Breznick
2011

DMG - Exhibition fruit only at VGPGA weigh-off

1498
Breznick
2011

Current VT State Record, Fourth place at Topsfield

1439
Keys
2014

2nd place VGPGA weigh-off - Homegrown

1421
Boyce
2011

1st place VGPGA weigh-off - Site Record

1415
Breznick
2014

1st place Deerfield, NH

1403
Companion
2014

3rd place VGPGA

1392
Breznick
2008

2008-2010 VT State Record, Howard Dill Award Winner

1386
Horton
2012

9th place at Topsfield Fair

1378
Companion
2010

1st place at VGVGA weigh-off.

1377.5
Breznick
2010

Placed fifth at Topsfield Fair

1356
Breznick
2013

Second place at Frerichs Farm

1349
Companion
2014

Exhibition VGPGA

1330.5
Keys
2012

2nd place at VGPGA weigh-off.

1313
Breznick
2013

Second place at Deerfield Fair, NH

1311
Companion
2008

3rd place at Topsfield, VT State record for one week.

1290
Towne
2013

1st place at VGPGA weigh-off

1289
Breznick
2008

4th place at Topsfield, VT State record for 30 minutes.

1271.5
Horton
2012

3rd place at VPGPA weigh-off, Regatta barge.

1265
Companion
2012

1st place at Champlain Valley Fair, New Fair record.

1254
Boyce
2010

1st place at Eastern States (BigE), new Fair record.

1246.5
Companion
2010

1st place at Champlain Valley Fair, New Fair record.

1237.2
Horton
2009

7th place at Topsfield

1237.0
Horton
2010

10th place at Topsfield

1222.5
Boyce
2014

2nd place at Eastern States Exposition.

1208
Boyce
2009

1st place at Eastern States Exposition.

1191
Breznick
2010
2nd Place at VGVGA weigh-off and took the Howard Dill Award.
1187
Companion
2010

Placed 16th at Topsfield Fair

1173
Companion
2007

2007 VT State record

1170.4
Breznick
2009
10th place at Topsfield, MA.
1166
Breznick
2008

1st Place in Shannon, CT

1160
Companion
2008

 

1158
Keim
2010

Became the S.S. Minnow in 3rd Annual Regatta.

1157
Companion
2007

 

1153
Breznick
2009

First Place VGVGA at Sam Mazza's

1149
Horton
2011

2nd place at VGPGA weigh-off

1144
Horton
2007

 

1140
Duffy
2014

 

1136
Kruszyna
2013

2nd place at VGPGA weigh-off

1134
Horton
2007

 

1133
Horton
2013

 

1127
Horton
2014

 

1126
Keim
2010

Took 3rd Place at the VGVGA weigh-off.

1125
Companion
2011

Took 3rd Place at the VGPGA weigh-off.

1120
Breznick
2005

VT State Record 2005 & 2006

1103
Young
2011

Howard Dill Award winner at VGPGA weigh-off

1099
Boyce
2010

 

1081
Boyce
2011

4th Place at the BigE

1067
Companion
2014

1st place Champlain Valley Fair

1055
Breznick
2006

 

1048
Companion
2003

VT State Record 2003 & 2004

1048
Kruszyna
2014

VGPGA

1045
Horton
2008

 

1043
Breznick
2009

 

1038
Breznick
2009

DMG

1036
Companion
2011

1st place Champlain Valley Fair

1034
Breznick
2007

 

1033
Boyce
2011

Topsfield

1031
Story
2005

Exhibition Fruit - DMG

1028
Stromback
2011

5th place at VGPGA weigh-off

1024
Boyce
2010

New VT State Fair record

1023
Breznick
2006

 

1019
Horton
2008

Floated in the 1st VGVGA Regatta

1017
Horton
2009

1502 Wallace x 1423 Wallace

1015.5
Cole
2012

 

1009
Young
2007

 

1007
Horton
2010

Second Place at the Champlain Valley Fair.

1002
Companion
2006

 

1002
Horton
2012

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