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VGPGA Hall of Records

2011 VGPGA crew
at Sam Mazza's in Colchester, 10/08/2011

VGPGA 2011 Year in Review presentation by Dan Boyce.

New Vermont State Records:
Long Gourd - John Young 124 1/2 " (by an 1/8 of an inch)
Squash - Dan and Holly Boyce 913 lbs
Watermelon - Mike Cole 124 lbs
Pumpkin - Mark Breznick 1498 lbs
   Personal bests grown this year:  Mark Breznick 1498 lbs (new State record),  Dan Boyce 1421 lbs (new site record),  John Young 1103 lbs (Howard Dill Award winner), Randy Stromback 1028 lbs (1K club),  Steve Minor 912 lbs, Mike Cole 881 lbs, Steve Brigante 737 lbs (first year grower),  Gary Gallipo 441 lbs (first year grower), Sarah Rainville 415 lbs and Wendy Patteson 150 lbs (first year grower).

        2011 brought NEW WORLD RECORD pumpkin and NEW WORLD RECORD squash!!  1818.5 lb pumpkin by Jim and Kelsey Bryson from Ormstown, Quebec and a 1486.6 lb squash grown by Joel Jarvis from St. Thomas, Ontario.   Looks like Canada is tops this year.

You-tube video of weighing the new world record.

GPC site info page.

Photo Album from VGPGA weigh-off

4th Annual Giant Pumpkin Regatta photos

Channel 3 News story on the Regatta

What happens to our pumpkins after the Regatta?

9/30 - Mark and Sharon Breznick from Pittsford, VT
Fourth place at Topsfield Fair and a NEW VT RECORD - 1498 lbs!

Vermont State Record Squash - 913 lbs
Grown by Dan and Holly Boyce from Benson, VT - 2011

10/8/11 - John Young from Jericho, VT
First place Long Gourd at VGPGA weigh-off and NEW VT STATE RECORD - 124.5"

Vermont State Watermelon - 124 lbs 10/08/11
VGVPA weigh-off, grown by Mike Cole of Castleton, VT

Results from the 2011 On-Line Seed Auction.

Annual Winter Meeting held in Berlin, VT at the Comfort Inn on Saturday February 26, 2011

Click here for Winter Meeting minutes

Photos from the Winter Meeting.

Annual Summer BBQ and Patch Tour held Saturday August 13th in Southern Vermont (Benson, Castelton and East Poultney)

  Twenty-three attendees were out and about on a beautiful sunny day.  We toured the patches of Dan and Holly Boyce, Don and Donna Parker, Mike and Tracy Cole, and Huey and Wendy Cadieux.  The Cadieux's hosted the BBQ and did a fanastic job, no one left hungry.    Some club business was discussed but mostly it was just good conversation and good food.

2011 BBQ and Patch Tour

The Fair season - Champlain Valley Fair (Essex Junction, VT)  8/26/11 - 9/5/11 and the Vermont State Fair (Rutland, VT) 9/2/11 - 9/11/11 both have giant pumpkin weigh-offs as well as other vegetable competitions.

Champlain Valley Fair Giant Vegetable Weigh-off

Vermont State Fair Giant Pumpkin weigh-off

Results from the BigE weigh-off

Check out this Channel 3 news story about our very own Steve Minor. Excellent, nice job Steve. Click here.

  Our Fourth Annual Giant Pumpkin Regatta was a big success!   We had fanastic weather, in the 70s, roughly 10,000 spectators and we helped raise over $30,000 for the benefractor Linking Learning to Life.   Also we helped raise money and food donations for the Chittenden County Food Shelf.   All in all a great day   VGPGA paddlers were Dan Boyce, Parker Young, Huey Cadieux, Terry Keim, Wilbur Horton and Donna Parker.

2011 VGPGA Pumpkins

2011 VGPGA Long Gourds

2011 VGPGA Watermelon

2011 VGPGA Squash

2011 GPC Pumpkins

2011 GPC Squash

2011 GPC Long Gourds

2011 GPC Watermelons

2011 GPC Tomato

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