New Atlantic Canada Record Set at Windsor Pumpkin Festival
Fenton McInnis, a retired seaman from Hubbards, N.S., set a new Atlantic Canada record, and took top prize at the 12th annual Windsor Pumpkin Festival weighoff with his pumpkin that weighed 810 pounds.
David Hebb, of Bridgewater, N.S., placed second at 756, and Pumpkin King Howard Dill, of Windsor, N.S., was back on the podium in third place, with his effort of 715 pounds. In the squash category, the top three entries came from Bridgewater. First was Ralph Getson, at 610 pounds; followed by Donna Hebb, 597; and Ben Hebb, 562.
The Johnstone family of Kentville, N.S., led the watermelon class, with Lewis placing first at 74 pounds, and Treca second, with 60. David and Will Neily of Middleton, N.S., took third place with their entry of 50 pounds.
Fenton McInnis also found time to tend field pumpkins this year, and brought in the prizewinner at 75 pounds. The Dills came next, with Danny and Howard tying at 63 pounds. McInnis has been growing pumpkins for 15 years, but this was the first time he felt he had one big enough to enter.
His growing secret includes using a mixture of manure, seaweed and fish bone meal, among other things, for fertilizer.
The Windsor festival attracted 45 pumpkin entries this year, weighing a total of 20,539 pounds, making an average of 456.4 pounds.
The 15 squash entries totalled 6,434 pounds, for an average of 428.9.
Contact: Danny Dill, Windsor, N.S. 902-798-2728 or 902-798-1082
Home of Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkin
Atlantic Pumpkin Growers' Association
PO Box 901
Windsor NS B0N 2T0
902-798-2728 or 902-798-1082
Logo courtesy of Al Kingsbury
Last Updated: Tue Oct 15 10:30:00PM CST 1996