Grand gourd!

One of the signs of fall in Greenwood is the day each September when the local pumpkins are weighed and the winner declared.

Kaela Colin sits atop her winning entry in the 2013 Greenwood Pumpkin growing contest.

Each spring since 2008 a couple of dozen Greenwood residents have taken shovel in hand and headed out to the garden to plant a pumpkin seedling in hopes of placing in one of the fastest growing contests around.

At stake this year—along with bragging rights of course—was money: $200 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. The weather was better this year and pumpkins came in almost twice the size as last year’s wet season.

Two-year-old Kaela Colin took first this year with a 95 .5-pound (43.4 kg) monster pumpkin. Kaela and her dad, Nipper, have talked it over and she is going to donate half of her winnings to the Greenwood Public Library in appreciation of their storytime program.

Second place this year went to Jacob Colin with an 83.5-pound entry (37.9 kg) and third to Ayden Colin at 50 pounds even (22.7 kg).


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