This year’s winner of the CNY Oswego Great Pumpkin Weigh Off was Matt VerSchneider of Freeville with a 1,283-pound entry. It would have even bested last yearâ€™s winner (Alan Nesbittâ€™s 1,229.5-pounder). This year saw dozens of entries with seven topping the 1,000-pound plateau and three were more than 1,240 pounds. Besides pumpkins there were plenty of fun and games, music and food for the entire family. And, of course, pumpkins – lots and lots of pumpkins.
Matt VerSchneider of Freeville places his hand over the weight readout as the final pumpkin (his) of the day is weighed. The weight to beat was 1,274 pounds. VerSchneiderâ€™s entry won the 2010 Great Pumpkin event tipping the scales at 1,283 pounds.
Jaymie Decker of Henrietta poses with her entry at the Great Pumpkin Fest. The first-time growerâ€™s pumpkin weighed in at 296.5 pounds.
Richard DeLapp of Oswego shows off a dipper gourd he grew. After a couple of years of trying, he was finally able to coax the stem into a knot while it was growing.
Walter Merriam of Fayetteville is joined at the scales by his grandchildren, Eddie and Megan Elliott. Merriam placed third this year with a 1,241-pound pumpkin.
Heath Spires II watches as another huge pumpkin is carried to the scales to be weighed.
Kaleb Robinson of Parish poses at the scales with his heaviest pumpkin for 2010. It weighed in at 354 pounds. He has been competing in the Oswego event for the past five years.
Nicole Anthony watches the pins scatter as she tries her hand at pumpkin bowling.
Mabel Schickler and her brother, RJ, closely examine some of the pumpkins Stony Meadow Farm had for sale at the festival.
Jack Stott of Liverpool gets a helping hand from his mother, Anne, as he puts the finishing touches on his gourd face creation.
Pirates have their Jack Sparrow (Captain Jack Sparrow!). Pumpkin growers have their Jack-O-Lantern.