It’s official. The largest, heaviest squash in NY, the U.S. and the world was weighed in at this year’s CNY Great Pumpkin Festival, Sept. 29, said Beth Hilton, executive director, Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, who hosted the event.
“Jeremy Robinson of North Tonawanda grew the squash that weighed in at 1,221.5 lbs.,” Hilton said. “That’s the heaviest squash of 2012 and the fifth heaviest of all-time.
The heaviest squash on-record was one from a 2011 pumpkin festival in Ontario, Canada that weighed 1, 486 lbs.”
The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) at www.bigpumpkins.com certifies record-holding squash, pumpkins, watermelons and more, Hilton said. “Our pumpkin festival this year also featured a 1,598 lb. pumpkin grown by Quinn Werner, Saegertown, PA, that was also a site record for Oswego.”
The five biggest squash ever are as follows: 1,486 lbs., Joel Jarvis, Ontario, Canada, 2011; 1,263.2 lbs., Germany, 2011; 1, 246.2 lbs., Jon Vincent, Ontario, Canada, 2011; 1,236 lbs., Jon Vincent, Ontario, Canada, 2009; and 1, 221.5 lbs., Jeremy Robinson, Oswego, NY, 2012.
2012 was the 21st year of The CNY Great Pumpkin Festival, a two-day fall event that features the growers’ weigh-in competition, live entertainment, displays, exhibits, and a host of family fun activities, Hilton said.
Incorporated in 1915, the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce has been in existence for more than 85 years, Hilton said. “The Chamber is an active, energetic and growing organization with more than 500 members. We are working to improve business and the quality of life for the entire region. The Chamber and our members have a stake in Oswego County’s future and we are working hard to assure that we contribute to our growth.”
For more information, visit the chamber web site, www.oswegofultonchamber.com, or http://www.facebook.com/GOFCC, or contact the chamber at 315-343-7681.