Key Pumpkin Points/Festival Facts

Karl Haist 2,417 pound record-setting pumpkin
THIRD LARGEST PUMPKIN GROWN IN THE WORLD THIS YEAR WILL BE FEATURED AT THE PITTSBURGH MONSTER PUMPKINS FESTIVAL…Karl Haist, Clarence Center, New York won three regional Great Pumpkin Commonwealth-sanctioned competitions in 2018. One of his first place wins included this 2,417–pound beauty at the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers weigh-off, Oct 13.

GOURD ALMIGHTY!

ARE THESE FOR REAL?
You bet’cha. It’s competitive gardening at its grandest. Nurtured from seed using decades of experience and soil science garnered over time, these giant pumpkins will be featured in an all new Pittsburgh signature event called: Pittsburgh  Monster Pumpkins Festival…a spectacular Fall festival where these monstrous fruits are the headline entertainment.

WHERE?
Three venues are involved along Pittsburgh’s North Shore Riverwalk. If you’re looking for landmarks, it’s primarily the Riverwalk area between Jerome Bettis’ Grille and Heinz Field. The areas are:

•Great Lawn at North Shore Riverfront Park
•The Riverwalk itself, and the…
•Allegheny River in front of the Great Lawn

WHEN?
Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to dusk…and Sunday, Oct. 21 from noon to 6 p.m.

THE ALLEGHENY RIVER?
You read it right. The Allegheny River will become a pumpkin playground of sorts for an event called the “Great Pumpkin Paddle” featuring rowers in hollowed out giant pumpkins who will race against each other in a series of heats. Yep, we said race.

IS THERE A FEE TO ATTEND?
Simply put…it’s all FREE. We wi
ll have food, drinks and craft vendors that will be charging separately for their individual products, but there’s no admission fee and no charge to come down and stroll the grounds to see things such as…pumpkin drops, master pumpkin carvers, the races and all the other activities planned.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
There are several ways to participate in the festival:

1. Become a craft or tent vendor, email: info@monsterpumpkin.com
2. Become a signature sponsor, email: info@monsterpumpkin.com
3. Enter the Great Pumpkin Paddle: click this link for details.

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