Giant Pumpkin and Produce Weigh Off

With pumpkins weighing in at nearly one ton, it is a contest of mythic proportions. Gasp in amazement as the monstrous, orange orbs hit the scales on Saturday morning. Enter your own produce or pumpkins in the weigh-off for a chance to win cash prizes, or cheer from the stands as the gargantuan pumpkins are moved with a forklift to a special scale. Don't forget to cast your vote for the Howard Dill Award for the Prettiest Pumpkin!

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, October 7
  • Check-in begins at 7 am (All produce must be dropped off by 9 am)
  • Weigh-off begins at 9 am
  • Location: Elk Grove Regional Park (Pumpkin Pavilion)


  • Cost: $10 Entry Fee (includes two-day parking pass) 
  • Registration Deadline: September 18

Entry and Participation Forms


Event History

Since 1994, giant pumpkin farmers from all over California and beyond have loaded their enormous orange gourds into trucks and trailers and headed to Elk Grove's Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off. The growers hope for the top prize of $7 per pound - and perhaps a world record - as their giant pumpkins hit the scale.

Russ Pugh of Santa Rosa, Calif. weighed in the top pumpkin at the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival in 2016 with his 1,944.5-pound pumpkin.

World Record 

Beni Meiers' (Switzerland) pumpkin weighed in at a whopping 2,323 pounds to break the Guinness World Record. It was authenticated by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) in Ludwigsburg, Germany on October 12, 2014.

Produce Contest

Although the pumpkin is the star of the show, each year we also weigh and measure a variety of produce. If you are a produce grower, enter your prize produce for a chance to win big!

  • Squash (heaviest)
  • Zucchini (heaviest)
  • Watermelon (heaviest)
  • Corn Stalk (longest)
  • Cantaloupe (heaviest)
  • Gourd (longest)
  • Tomato (heaviest)
  • Sunflower (diameter)