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World record pumpkin weighed at Wellington

Jim and Kelsey Bryson, from Ormstown, Quebec, weighed a world record whopper  at the Wellington Pumpkinfest weigh-off Saturday.
Bryson won the weigh-off last year with the “mother” of this year’s winner at more than 1,404.40 pounds. This year, as the scale stopped at 1,818.5 fellow growers and friends cheered the victory.
A possible secret to his success? His giants are fed maple syrup!
“Bryson has already been invited to attend the Botanical Gardens in New York City this week and his would be featured with four other top pumpkins from the United States on the Regis and Kelly show,” notes Sue Vincent, who along with husband John, are responsible for the Wellington weigh-off event. John is president of the Prince Edward County Pumpkin Growers and is vice-president of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, the governing body for giant pumpkin growers world-wide.
“At this point he has left the pumpkin with us here in Ontario to hopefully have it travel to the Royal Winter Fair in a few weeks to be featured there.”
Bryson’s pumpkin taped in at 435 inches so organizers expected it to be approximately 1,725 lbs.
Bryson  was at this year’s event with his cousin Harley Sproule, who notes they grow together and have been coming to Wellington for the past four years as they also love the Pumpkinfest parade and festivities.
Wellington’s event was held despite torrential rain and biting wind – thanks to Alvin and Sheila Huffman, who volunteered their farm for the weigh off to proceed.
Bob Greer, son of event originator Bill Greer, thanked everybody for their patience as the weigh-off was delayed slightly because of the re-location.
“Welcome to the 15th annual weigh-off,” he said. “Things are not going exactly to plan but we hope you will enjoy. We have a nice crop of pumpkins here. We have to be patient with the weather. Mother Nature always wins.”
Also applauded at the event was a giant watermelon grown by Gladys Webb, who proudly announced she is 91-years-old.

Despite best planning, Mother Nature always wins and her torrential rain and biting wind forced the relocation of this year's Pumpkinfest Weigh-In. Alvin and Sheila Huffman kindly donated their farm for the day.

In his first year for growing melons, Bryan Mailey, of Uxbridge is thrilled his entry passed the 200-lb mark at 206.5 lbs. Having surpassed the 200-lb mark he's on his way to earning a Master Grower Award.

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  1. Class 33 Grade 9 Science CVR says:

    Congratulations and your pumpkin looks awesome

  2. […] A new record was set in Wellington, Ont., on Oct. 15, with the biggest pumpkin weighing in at 1,818.5 pounds. Growers Jim and Kelsey Bryson, from Ormstown, QC., fed it maple […]

  3. Doug & Jo Lang says:

    Congratulations Jim & Kelsey. You’ve done the Chateauguay Valley proud – way to go!
    Doug & Jo

  4. Don Langevin says:

    Congratulations Jim and Kelsey. You have broken the world record for giant pumpkins again. Since 1992, the record has been broken 10 years in a row and 13 out of the last 14 years.

    See the streak, and all the world record pumpkins since 1900 at

  5. Ed B. says:

    How many pies could one make from
    826.6 kilogrames of pumpkin?

  6. Winston & Ann Swinwood says:

    Jim & Kelsey – what more is there to say as you broke your old record set 2 weeks ago in Port Elgin – 1818.5 Lbs, man that’s a mighty big Pumpkin – You had better start preparing for next year as your competition in Wisconsin will be out to get his record back!! I’ll see you again in Port Elgin next year and maybe just maybe we will see that 2,000 pounder!! – CONGRATULATIONS!!

  7. Deb says:

    What a lot of pumpkin… congratulations. Just be warned about becoming ‘bubble central’… may you persevere with grace and patience, and know all the hard work was worth it! Wowza. Congrats again from a grower, stateside!

  8. Doug Dulmage says:

    Congratulations on your accomplishments!

  9. Congrats Kelsey & Jim! looking forward to the next big event for the two of you!

  10. Shirley & Steve says:

    whoo whoo what a pumpkin adventure – congratulations you guys – fantastic

  11. Keith & Debbie Bryson says:

    Congrats Kelsy & Jim!!!

    Guess you have just raised the bar for pumpking weights!!!
    All that hard work has paid off!!

    Uncle Keith & Aunt Debbie

  12. Keith & Debbie Bryson says:

    Congrats Kelsey & Jim – a truly amazing feat!!!! Guess you have just raised the bar in pumpkin weights!!!

    Continued success!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Uncle Keith & Aunt Debbie

  13. laura says:

    i want to say congrats to everyone that has gone and weight their vegetables & their fruits… despite the fact that i couldn’t be there i would like to congratulate my dad and sister for there new giant pumpkin reccord!!!!! 😀

    love your daughter and your mother

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