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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462
||September 29, 2003
||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.
*Frerichs Farm is on Kinnicutt Avenue
off Route 103 in Warren
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