Oh, My Gourd!

First annual pumpkin contest comes to San Benito County Fair.

There’s something about giant pumpkins that catches our eye. Their massive size transports us to another dimension, and if you’ve never seen a giant pumpkin up close, they are truly a sight.

On Oct. 4, giant pumpkin growers from San Benito County and the surrounding areas will haul their hulking gourds to the San Benito County Fair to compete at the first annual Giant Pumpkin Contest and Harvest Party. The event is free with fair admission.

“Pumpkin growers spend all summer growing their giant pumpkins and we wanted to be able to showcase them a little more,” said event organizer Allison Skow.

Skow said they decided to create an event for all to hear the winners announced and enjoy some treats.

With giant pumpkins as the main attraction, the event will also feature fun activities for kids of all ages. Fair-goers can enjoy game activities and treats donated by local businesses.

“We want it to feel like a backyard party,” said Skow.

The Giant Pumpkin Contest and Harvest Party takes place Thursday, Oct. 4th at 6 p.m. at Bolado Park Event Center.



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Blaire Strohn is a graduate student at Oklahoma State University focusing on International Agriculture. Blaire also graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Communications. Born and raised on a cow/calf operation ranch in Paicines, she is passionate about the agriculture community and western way of life.