The Great Pumpkin Pursuit in Meade County

Roberts Family Farm to host growers, spectators at sanctioned event

BRANDENBURG, Ky. – The third annual Great Pumpkin Pursuit and Giant Watermelon Weigh off, was held on September 15, 2018.  Roberts Family Farm in Guston hosted the event that had 27 giant watermelons and 15 giant pumpkins. The giant fruits came from 8 different states this year. It was a great day for growers!  Kentucky Giant Pumpkin Growers Association’s along with Meade County’s Cooperative Extension Services and Meade County Tourism co-sponsored the event.

“The Giant Pumpkin Pursuit is a unique opportunity to welcome new visitors to Meade County,” said Carole Logsdon, director of Meade County Tourism. “We are excited to host this official weigh-off and to offer families a free event full of exciting fall activities.”

YEP that’s a BIG Pumpkin

Meade County’s own giant pumpkin and watermelon grower Frank Mudd, Flaherty resident, has grown Kentucky’s largest watermelon multiple times. “Frank knows about what is coming every year, the giant growers are a close group. ”

“This is one of my favorite things to do”, Mudd said. “I am an outside person, and I am looking forward to spending time with other growers who spend their time watching watermelon and pumpkins grow so rapidly.”

Rhonda Roberts said her family is honored that the farm was selected to host the event. The farm has provided fall activities such as hayrides, a corn maze and a pumpkin patch for 16 years.

“Quality time for families and bringing people together is what we’re all about, and this event is going to extend that,” she said.

First prize for pumpkins is $1,000 and first prize for watermelons is $1,000. The growers of the top 10 pumpkins and top ten watermelons will earn prize money.

Growers interested in additional information regarding the competition can contact Meade County Tourism at 270-422- 3626 or visitmeadecounty.org.