by Diana Barnum Correspondent
(Left to right) Tammy Bono (San Jose, CA), Sandy Jones (Mentor,
OH), and Anne Smith (Columbus, OH). All three visitors are checking out
the bagged pumpkins and gourds on display in the center area by the
Pumpkin Patch Farm Market of Circleville.
This year’s winning giant pumpkin at the Circleville Pumpkin Show
weighed in at a record 1,353 pounds. The grower, Dr. Robert Liggett of
Circleville, OH, who was the winner two years ago with a 935-pounder, won
$2,000 for his 2004 entry.
Dr. Liggett shared some of his methods used
for growing such a large pumpkin that he learned from his friend, John
First you need to use molasses on the pumpkin patch in its
early days. This attracts worms that make air pockets for roots. Then feed
the pumpkins daily, just as you feed yourself. Automated watering systems
come in handy, especially on hot summer days.
One of Liggett’s pumpkins
also placed Third this year, weighing in at 1,069 pounds. The Second Place
winner was Ken Speakman, also of Circleville, OH with a 1,092-pounder.
Season’s bounty in the center of the street. Winners are marked
with black marker, like the 1069.5-pounder.
Fun Facts About This Annual Event
Established in 1903, the
Circleville Pumpkin Show became a non-profit corporation in 1946. It is
entirely self-supporting, with profits used for the betterment of the
citizens, and bears the motto, “The Greatest Free Show On Earth.”
The Star Burst he’s holding is also known as a UFO. “This year was
a great season,” Don Gose said. “We were worried with early rains, but
everything turned out great.” He joked that when people grow pumpkins over
300 pounds, “it’s not a hobby. It’s an obsession.” Selling at this event
for 32 years, he also added, “Harvest decorating rivals Christmas
In addition to pumpkin competitions, there are over 100,000 pounds of
squash, gourds and pumpkins on display. There is 25-30 amusement rides, 40
floats, 50 bands, parades and 300 vendors (food, craft and games) - all in
the streets, made possible with the help of about 250 volunteers on 20
Around 23,000 pumpkin pies are sold during the
4-day show. More than 100,000 pumpkin donuts are sold at the
Roger also won Best Overall Display 2004. His bountiful, colorful
display shows why.
Every year, Lindsey’s Bakery makes a giant pumpkin pie and displays it
in their bakery on West Main Street. The pie measures 6-feet in diameter
and weighs over 400 pounds.
For more information contact The
Circleville Pumpkin Show, 159 East Franklin Street, Circleville, OH 43113
or call: 740-474-7000 (ph) or visit their website at: