Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween 2015!

Halloween is taken seriously in my town. We have a neigbor who grows giant pumpkins, another neighbor who puts on one of the most elaborate Halloween displays and Main Street is filled with homes that all take Halloween very seriously.

It is one of my favorite nights of the year so we ventured out to see it all. We trick or treated. We saw friends. We saw amazing costumes. We saw zombies. We saw presidential hopefuls.

Even Batman came by in the Batmobile to join in all the Halloween fun!

Our last stop of the night....the Halloween House! 

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The pumpkin results are in!

Growing a giant pumpkin or squash requires a lot of work, special seeds, a lot of water, a lot of time in the garden and a little bit of luck. Please join me in congratulating all of our growers! They have all worked so hard this year to grow these giants.

The top three in the long gourd category:

Congratulations to Connecticut grower Ken Carlson whose long gourd took 1st place measuring 110.5 inches! 

Next up were the giant squashes!

Ridgefield's own giant pumpkin and squash grower (and the person who co-chaired the weigh off with me!), Steve Maydan, brought this giant squash to Ballard Park. His squash weighed in at 322 pounds! Congratulations Steve!

Sandercock's squash weighed in at 461 pounds!

Joe Jutras brought this 812 pound squash to the scale to take 2nd place.

Box took the 1st place win in the squash division with this giant green squash that weighed in 
at 894 pounds!

Lastly, the giant pumpkins made it onto the scale!

Connecticut grower Larry Brown brought his 249.5 pound pumpkin to Ballard Park!

Connecticut grower Roger Spencer's pumpkin weighed in at 832.5 pounds.

Labosky's pumpkin brough the 1,000 pound mark weighing in at 1,031 pounds.

Vogler brough an exhibition pumpkin that weighed in at 726 pounds and his pumpkin that was competing in the weigh off that weighed in at 1,113.5 pounds!

The giant pumpkin growers worked together to get all these giants to the scale (also, have to give a shoutout to Bob from Ridgefield Supply for the amazing job he did lifting these giants).
Box, who won the squash category, also brought his giant pumpkin to the scale. This giant weighed in at 1,195 pounds!

Bobier's giant pumpkin broke the 1,200 pound mark weighing in at 1,244.5 pounds!

Vincent's giant pumpkin weighed in at 1,321 pounds!

Giarusso's pumpkin traveled by ferry to come to our weigh off! He took third place with his giant that weighed in a 1,415 pounds!

Connecticut grower, Ray Leonzi took second place. His giant pumpkin weighed in at 1,525 pounds!

Ron Wallace brought this giant pumpkin all the way from Rhode Island. He took home the first place prize when his giant weighed in at 1,767 pounds. Wallace set a new Ridgefield Weigh Off record with this giant pumpkins! Congrats Ron!

The top three pumpkins!