This year I tried to grow pumpkins for the first time since I was a little kid.  The seed packet promised "the biggest pumpkin you have ever seen."  All season they were growing pretty well with a long vines shooting out throughout my garden, which was good because it kept the weeds and stray grasses down pretty well.

This is pumpkin picking time but unfortunately I don't have the world's largest pumpkin.  They were pretty dinky in fact and on top of that, it looks like a racoon or skunk may have gotten them before I did.  Well there's always next year.

The truth is, this was not a good growing season due to drought conditions. But that didn't stop the Tioga 4H Youth from competing in the 4H Giant Pumpkin Auction with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County.  Friday (September 30) is the big beautiful weigh- in between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.  Good luck 4H kids and congratulations on your amazing efforts and hard work, especially during a challenging growing season.

Come out and support the 4H kids by bidding on a giant pumpkin.  They will be on display this weekend at Iron Kettle Farm in Candor up until auction time, Sunday (October 2) at 4:00 p.m.  I wish the program the very best in their auction this weekend.

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