Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Tradition...visiting The Blaze

For months, I wait for this wander through this magical world of beautifully carved pumpkins....The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze. There are more carved pumpkins than you could ever imagine with carvings so detailed and elaborate it's like escaping into a fairy tale world. I wait for this night, count down the days, and hold my breath as I cross under that amazing lit arch above, into the world of The Blaze.

If you haven't been yet, get tickets now! Trust me, just go.

If you have tickets to go soon, don't worry, this is just a small glimpse into The Blaze. There is so much to see, this blog post would be 100's of photos if I included everything. There are many returning favorite carvings from past years, and many new amazing carvings.

A cake make out of pumpkins...the most perfect way to celebrate 10 years of The Blaze! I have visited several times over the past ten years, and will visit many more times over the next ten.

The scarecrows and the skeleton hands are among my favorite carvings (although I think I have referred to every carving as my favorite, but  really, they are all my favorites). 

The headless horseman...pure awesomeness. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has always been among my favorites. Growing up in the Historic Hudson Valley, we visited Washing Irving's home, spent time at the Old Dutch Church and knew Sleepy Hollow is one of the coolest Halloween towns (what other town has a legend like this?). I love this carving and think it is the perfect addition. 

In a few weeks, after the last night of this year's Blaze, I will post even more photos. 
Check back soon!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

The wait is over...the pumpkin and squash weights!

Here are the results from the weigh off. Congratulations to all the growers!

Field Pumpkin:
Jutras and his 139.5 pound field pumpkin.

Adams' 106.5 pound squash.

Andrews' 111 pound squash.

Sandercock's 530 pound squash.

Jutras won the squash category with his 840 pound giant green squash!

Youth division:
Lombardi grew this 917 pound pumpkin in her backyard!

Giant pumpkins:
Maydan's first entry, his 579.5 pound pumpkin.

Richardson's 598 pound pumpkin.

Maydan's 778.5 pound pumpkin.

Spectators were waiting to see the first pumpkin go over 1,000 pounds. Spencer's pumpkin weighed in at 1,004 pounds!

Adams' pumpkin weighed in at 1,445.5 pounds.

Box's giant pumpkin weighed in at 1,503.5 pounds.

Wallace's pumpkin weighed in at 1,507 pounds. Wallace is a 2 time world record holder, and grew the first pumpkin to weigh in at over 2,000 pounds. Seeds that from that giant were used to grow several of the top pumpkins in this year's weigh off (including the 1st and 2nd place giants).

Vincent's pumpkin weighed in at 1,524,5 pounds.

Sperry's pumpkin weighed in at 1,563.5 pounds.

Giarrusso's pumpkin weighed in at 1,621.5 pounds! Amazing! Giarrusso grows his pumpkins on an island, and this pumpkin was brought over by barge to come to the weigh off. 

Last year, Nick Huydic won the giant pumpkin weigh off with a giant who weighed in at 1,290.5 pounds. This year, he brought his giant, named Wally Coyote to the scale, and hit our top mark....1,625.5 pounds. He took 1st place by 4 pounds over Giarrusso.

The long gourd category was a close race, with one inch separating 1st and 2nd place. First place measured 102" and second place measured 101".

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Time to get on the scale...Ridgefield Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off 2014

The day we have all been waiting for....the Ridgefield Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off! Time to get these backyard giants on the scale. We could not have wished for a more perfect day. The sun was shining, the park was filled with giant pumpkins, vendors, exhibitors, music, food, families, friends and fun.

I think the photos tell the story best, so I will let them speak for themselves..enjoy!

The winning field pumpkin weighed in at 139.5 pounds!

The winner in the youth category grew a giant 917 pound pumpkin! Congratulations!

I hope you recognize this pumpkin from my blog. It is my friend's giant. He weighed heavier than expected, so we are very happy.

You may recognize the grower's name from last year's weigh off photos....yes, Nick Huydic came back and won it again. Last year, his giant weighed in at 1290.5 pounds. This year, his pumpkin surpassed that weight by over 300 pounds, weighing in at 1,625.5 pounds! Congratulations!

Check back tomorrow to see pictures of all the pumpkins and squash with their weights and their growers!