PREECEVILE-The largest pumpkin to win the annual Preeceville Great Pumpkin contest tipped the scale at 91 pounds. The pumpkin was entered by Darlene Walker of Preeceville. The contest was held at the Preeceville Main Street parking lot on October 1 and hosted by the Preeceville Public Library.
The competition was sponsored by the Town of Preeceville Economical Development Committee and featured entries in the pumpkin, potato, cabbage, zucchini, onion, carrot, turnip, beet and kids’ categories. All entries had to be grown in a garden and must have been show ready with the tops cut off. First place entries won $50, and $25 was awarded for second place. Entries in the kids’ category received $10 and the pumpkin entries won $75 for first place and $50 for second. Maureen Johnson had the task of weighing and measuring all vegetables except the larger vegetables which were weighed on a beam scale by Mayor Ralph Ager.
In the pumpkin contest, second place went to Dennis Wales for his entry that weighed 80- and-a-half pounds and third place went to Megan Maier for her entry that weighed 70-and-a-half pounds. In the carrot category, Wyatt Scheller won first place for his carrot that weighed 1.089 pounds. Nathan Maier won second for his carrot that weighed 12 ounces and Alice Wiwcharuk placed third for her entry, 8 ounces. There was only one entry in the onion category which belonged to Megan Maier and weighed 10 ounces. Maier was the only cabbage entry, with a weight of 8.09 pounds.