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News Release
RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462
For Release: September 29, 2003
Contact: Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418

DEM, RI PUMPKIN GROWERS, INVITE PUBLIC TO ANNUAL GIANT PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF AT FRERICHS FARM IN WARREN

PROVIDENCE -- The public is invited to the tenth annual Rhode Island Giant Pumpkin Championship, which will be held on Saturday, October 11 at Frerichs Farm* in Warren. Unloading of the biggest pumpkins grown in Rhode Island will begin at 10 a.m. with the weigh-off scheduled for 1 p.m. In case of rain, the championship will take place on Sunday, October 12.

Refreshments will be available, a "pumpkin coach" will shuttle people around, and corn and hay bale mazes will challenge the skill of attendees. It is recommended that the public bring lawn chairs or blankets on which to sit during the weigh-off.

The always popular event is sponsored by the Rhode Island Pumpkin Growers Association and the Department of Environmental Management's Division of Agriculture and Resource Marketing to determine the largest pumpkin grown in the state each year and to crown an annual Rhode Island champion.

John Castellucci of Smithfield won last year's state event with a 951-pound Rhode Island-grown pumpkin. New Hampshire farmer Charlie Houghton set the world record last year for the largest pumpkin ever grown - a 1338-pound New England-grown pumpkin.

Those interested in competing in this year's event or receiving additional information should contact Barbara Frerich at 245-8245 or Ron Newman of DEM's Division of Agriculture and Resource Marketing at 222-2781 ext. 4518.

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*Frerichs Farm is on Kinnicutt Avenue off Route 103 in Warren

 

 

 

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