Ripe pumpkin growing on the vine
Image by Shirley Brown

Pumpkin in field


4-H Giant Pumpkin Contest Registration Deadline

  • Sunday, June 30, 2024, 11:45 PM - 11:45 PM

Think that you can grow the biggest pumpkin? 4-H of Cayuga County would like to see you try! Youth under 18 years of age (4-H members and non-members) are invited to join this contest to grow the biggest pumpkin. Weigh-in will be at the Halloween event at Agricultural Museum on Oct 19. Winners will be named for heaviest pumpkin and widest circumference. Prizes to be determined.

Please complete one registration for each participant. Registration fee includes 5 Big Moose variety seeds. Payment can be made by PayPal or in the office. Seeds may be picked up in the office, 199 Franklin St., Auburn, after registration fees are paid. If picking up seeds in office is a hardship please email Frank Clarke at about other arrangements.

Contest Rules:

  1. Participants must be under the age of 18 as of January 1, 2024.
  2. One pumpkin per participant may be entered in the contest.
  3. Pumpkins entered in the contest must be Big Moose variety. They do not need to be grown from the seeds provided with the registration fee.
  4. Participants must provide the majority of the care for the pumpkin plant.
  5. Participants must make the majority of the decisions about plant care.
  6. Fertilizers and pesticides must be used safely, appropriately, and according to label directions.
  7. Participants should be ready to describe how the plant was cared for and why to the judges at the event.
  8. Participants are responsible for transporting pumpkins to the event.
  9. Pumpkins should be free of excess plant material and dirt.
  10. Circumference will be measured at the largest point.
  11. Judges decisions are final.

Important Dates:

  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2024
  • Pumpkin Weigh-in: Saturday, October 19, 2024 at Ward W. O'Hara Agricultural Museum, Auburn NY

Growing Information:

Here's a Fact Sheet on Growing Giant Pumpkins compiled by Frank Clarke.


$5 for 4-H members, $10 for non-4=H Members

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Frank Clarke
Agriculture Educator (Climate and Environment)
Cell: (516) 532-4039


CCE Cayuga County
199 Franklin Street, Suite 3
Auburn, New York 13021

Last updated May 7, 2024