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The Great Pumpkin

September 12th, 2008

The fair is full of flowers & veggies galore. My mom always likes to go to the fair on opening day so the flowers are still fresh. We were there the day after so a few of them were already wilted, but most of them were still nice. There were the usual zinnias, sunflowers and hydrangeas and a few interesting flowers I had never seen before.



Poor Mr Chiots had to leave the flower barn early because all the pollen was making his allergies act up. Is it any wonder when this is what it looked like aisle after aisle?

I think my favorite thing about the fair is the vegetable & grain barn. This is where they keep The Great Pumpkin, the heaviest pumpkin grown in Wayne County.

There is one family in Wayne County that always wins the pumpkin contest. So how big was the award winner this year? This is the weight written on the pumpkin.

The vegetable barn is full of fruits & veggies of all shapes and sizes. The biggest and the smallest the ugliest and the most beautiful of each variety, they fill table after table.



There were also tomatoes galore, big ones, small ones, yellow ones, red ones, fat ones, skinny ones, smooth ones and bumpy ones. Many of them were heirloom tomatoes, which was nice to see.

I was glad to see some San Marzano Tomatoes. I’m planning on growing these next year for sauces.

And check out the size of this beet!


If only all of our harvest baskets from our gardens looked like this one. So what’s your favorite vegetable? I’ve always been a fan of The Great Pumpkins.

5 Comments to “The Great Pumpkin”
  1. MeghanO on September 12, 2008 at 7:32 am

    You’re making me really, really sad that I have never been to a fair… these veggies and flowers are so beautiful!

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  2. Jennifer on September 12, 2008 at 9:00 am

    That’s some beet!

    See that little girl hugging the giant pumpkin? That’s what I do. Except I’m 32.

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  3. Grammy on September 12, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    I love all the pictures you took. I saw your post on another site. I too have egg allergy’s. Would you let me know about the duck eggs if you have any problems. Thanks for your time.

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  4. Joe on September 14, 2008 at 1:15 am

    What beautiful, colorful pictures! That fair really appears to be interesting, with so many colors, shapes, and textures. The pumpkins are incredible, and so is that African daisy!

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  5. Mike on September 17, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Eureka! I’ve just figured out that the Dervae family (FreedomGardens.org)should be growing 4 of those giant pumpkins…
    4 X 1010 lbs each = 4,040 total.

    Plus their 6,000 lbs annual produce and they could reach their goal of 10,000 lbs !!! LOL

    GarlicMan76458 on FreedomGardens.org

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