New Record Set at 2018 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off & Fall Jamboree

Joe Scherber with 1,568 lb. winner

Our 10th Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off is now in the books!  Dozens of pumpkin growers and our largest festival crowd to date gathered here last Saturday to create a truly unforgettable event.  This year’s competition featured 23 entries in multiple categories from some of the top growers in the region.  The day’s top prize went to Joe Scherber from Wheat Ridge, CO, marking his second time as Fort Collins Nursery’s Weigh-Off champion.  Joe’s 1,568 lb. behemoth is a new Fort Collins Nursery contest record and is reportedly the second heaviest pumpkin in Colorado state history!  Joe also set a new state record for his long gourd entry that measured almost 10 ft. long! Here is a list of all of this year’s winners.

Heaviest Pumpkin

  • 1stPlace- Joe Scherber  (1568 lbs)
  • 2ndPlace- Marc Sawtelle (1148 lbs)
  • 3rdPlace- Andy Corbin (1070 lbs)
  • 4thPlace- Jim Grande (987 lbs)
  • 5thPlace- Mick Hodges (873 lbs)

Field Pumpkin

  • 1st Place- Dustin Grubb (85 lbs)

Heaviest Squash

  • 1st Place- Olivia Thayer 

 Howard Dill (Prettiest Pumpkin)

  • 1st Place- Dustin Grubb

 Longest Long Gourd

  • 1st Place- Joe Scherber (117″)

Kids Division

  • 1stPlace-Olivia Thayer




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Originally published on October 15th, 2018. Updated on September 3rd, 2019.