The Great Pumpkin Pursuit Coming to Meade County

Roberts Family Farm to host growers, spectators at sanctioned event

BRANDENBURG, Ky. – A new Meade County event is pairing fall family fun and the Kentucky Giant Pumpkin Growers Association’s weigh-off for pumpkins and melons.

The Giant Pumpkin Pursuit is set for Noon to 4:00p.m Sept. 17 at Roberts Family Farm in Guston. The official weigh off begins at noon. The event has attracted up to 30 growers from eight different states and promises an array of free family activities.

“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.”

Free children’s activities include sack races, face painting, hayrides and pumpkin carving. The farm also offers plenty of family photo opportunities.

In addition to the Roberts Family Farm and Meade County Tourism, event organizers include the Meade County Cooperative Extension and Meade County’s own giant pumpkin and watermelon grower Frank Mudd. Mudd, a Flaherty resident, has grown Kentucky’s largest watermelon multiple times.

“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 $500. The growers of the top 10 pumpkins and top five 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.