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The Mystery of The Great Pumpkin FINALLY Solved!

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There are two words to summarize my weekend: babies and pumpkins.

1) Babies. Mile High Mamas had a booth at the Oh Baby! Baby & Family Expo on Saturday and Sunday. I met many great women, saw some fantastic products and there were babies. Oh, so many babies. Welcome if you are visiting us for the first time and we hope you will become an active part of our fun community!

[photopress:fampumpkin.jpg,full,pp_image]2) Pumpkins. Not just any pumpkins, but The Great Pumpkin that my husband Jamie has been giving suck from the womb growing for many months now. Friday night was the pumpkin’s open house.

Because we are just kooky enough to hold a party for an inanimate object.

But do you know what? Our friends were kooky enough to attend, bring pumpkin gifts and pose for pictures with The Great Pumpkin. And the highlight of the event? The great ribbon cutting vine snipping, followed by hauling it to the trailer. And just how did they do it? Eight men + one pumpkin lifting tarp + a whole lot of muscle. And even more sore backs.

Colorado’s largest pumpkins congregated at the Rocky Mountain Giant Vegetable Growers weigh-off on Saturday. If you had ever asked me as a little girl if I would marry a man who would become conjoined with such an organization, I would have laughed until I was blue in the face.

Or orange.

And the results all [five] of you have been waiting for? The Great Pumpkin’s weight is 755 pounds and it won second place for the prettiest pumpkin. The state record was broken by Joe Scherber at a whopping 1,135 pounds!

Which technically means that The Great Pumpkin is not quite as great as Farmer Joe’s. Or more accurately, Dentist Joe’s.

Though it just doesn’t have the same ring.

Last week on Mile High Mamas, I ran a Get-My-husband-Off-My-Back-and-Guess-His-Pumpkin’s-Weight Contest. Congratulations to Pat. Her guess was the closest and she won four tickets to Elitch’s Fright Fest!

My daughter took third place in the children’s division and Jamie plans to help our son grow one as well next year.

And then it will all be over for me because I will officially be outnumbered.

[photopress:pumpkinsnuggle.jpg,full,pp_image]Lest you think I am a killjoy, know that our entire summer has revolved around The Great Pumpkin. A few weeks ago, we had family in town and we were talking about [what else?] pumpkins when there was a lull in the conversation. I finally broke it.

“Has anyone wondered what we are going to talk about when pumpkin season is over?”

Jamie: “We will reminisce about The Great Pumpkin.”

For additional pictures and fun commentary on the competition and open house, go to my blog, Crazy Bloggin’ Canuck tomorrow. Or if you’re just tuning into this saga, checkout Sordid Secrets and the Husbands Who Keep Them.

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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  • comment avatar Melissa September 29, 2008

    Everyone needs a passion in their life… even if it is The Great Pumpkin! Sounds like an exhausting, yet fun weekend 🙂

  • comment avatar Karla September 29, 2008

    That is a lot of pumpkin pies, my friend!! Congratulations to Jamie and the great pumpkin!! Enjoy! I’m happy you survived.

  • comment avatar Lisa September 29, 2008

    That is incredible!!

  • comment avatar cheryl September 29, 2008

    “We will reminisce about the Great Pumpkin.”


    Hey, sorry I’ve been MIA, Amber, I’ve been practically MIA everywhere lately. I promise it’s not just you! 🙂

    I’m glad the Pumpkin Party was a success. And just so you know, if I was within 50 miles of said party, I totally would have attended. Because I like kooky parties. Love ’em! And any excuse to get together and party? Bring. It. On.

  • comment avatar Kagey September 29, 2008

    Wow. I’m trying to imagine how much watering/care/etc a giant pumpkin takes. And yard space!
    It sounds like good clean fun to me, Amber.
    You just need to start trying to grow a giant zucchini or something – take some of the attention back! 😀

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson September 29, 2008

    Kagey–He grew the pumpkin in his parent’s garden because the vines were 30 feet X 30 feet and we didn’t have the space. As far as how much water, it needed A LOT. At the pumpkin’s peak, it would grow 30 lbs a day!

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson September 29, 2008

    Oh, and you wouldn’t have believed some of the other fruits and veggies. Someone grew a pear that was 2.5 feet high. AMAZING!

  • comment avatar Lauren in GA September 29, 2008

    I love that you had a vine snipping ceremony. And…that you are now doomed…er, I mean have the opportunity to reminisce about the Great Pumpkin.

    I agree, “Dentist Joe” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  • comment avatar Lisa L September 29, 2008

    Sorry we missed it Amber. It is a really cool pumpkin and clearly worth all of the time and effort Jamie spent neglecting you for!!

  • comment avatar Wendi September 29, 2008

    When I picture this whole thing in my mind …I just have to laugh.
    The great pumpkin?
    The whole pumpkin hobby?
    The planning of vacations and weekends around what else?
    You. are. my. hero.
    Thank goodness it provides for lots of blog fodder.
    And a pie or eight hundred.

  • comment avatar tracey September 29, 2008

    🙂 THat’s a BIG pumpkin. Great pictures!

  • comment avatar jamie September 29, 2008

    I will have to consult with your husband next year. LONG have I wanted to grow pumpkins, but all 3 times I’ve tried the vines have sort of melted. Overwatering? General gardening lameness?

    Great pictures!

  • comment avatar denise @ eatplaylove September 29, 2008

    wow! I’m assuming conversation is going to turn to the new crop, it’s not to early to start planning! I think you should join in on the fun.

  • comment avatar Paige September 29, 2008

    I LOVE the shot with Jamie and his first—no Second LOVE, his great pumpkin. And what kind of seeds were used? I just curious.

    How sad that the journey is over! Can congratulations on your success.

  • comment avatar Lori September 29, 2008

    Truly amazing. I had no idea it would be that heavy!

  • comment avatar smartmama September 29, 2008

    i love that pumpkin- my pumpkins bore no fruit this year very disappointed in my vines…

  • comment avatar Kimberly September 29, 2008

    Wow! 755?! I didn’t know pumpkins got that heavy – no wonder there were sore backs involved!

  • comment avatar FFG September 29, 2008

    Did they test his pumpkin for steroids? I don’t think that size is natural. 🙂

  • comment avatar Jamie September 29, 2008

    Amazing and I LOVE the party idea!!!

  • comment avatar Leslie September 29, 2008

    OK – The picture of Jamie hugging the pumpkin is just hysterical. And I love the family shot which includes the pumpkin. You are all very beautiful I might add (yes…even the Great Pumpkin). Can’t wait for next year’s pumpkin season. 🙂

  • comment avatar Damselfly September 29, 2008

    Second place for prettiest pumpkin is great! This is Jamie’s first try, right? Those pics are priceless.


    What do you do with a giant pumpkin now?

  • comment avatar Beth September 29, 2008

    That’s not an inanimate object…it’s a creature! How did you manage to grow that thing anyway? I’ve been all proud of myself because some little yellow-and-green gourd vine came up in my yard all by itself, but now…

  • comment avatar Tirzah September 29, 2008

    Wow! That is just amazing! I want to do that! Well, maybe not 755 lbs worth, but that is cool!

  • comment avatar Marivic September 29, 2008

    Amber, I had so much fun just looking at these photos and reading about it. 755 pounds! Pumpkin on steroids! Whew! Your husband’s “hobby” is so interesting and makes for a very fun life for you and the family. I think it’s awesome.

  • comment avatar Lisa September 29, 2008

    This might be a stupid question, but when you cut open this giant pumpkin, are the seeds giant, or normal size seeds? Just curious. That’s a great family photo! He doesn’t name the pumpkin does he?

  • comment avatar Kassie September 29, 2008

    I just had a flash back to Wallace and Grommit’s Curse of the Wererabbit… it sounds like your husband would have fit in well in that community. 🙂

  • comment avatar mo mommy September 29, 2008

    Being from Alaska I don’t really have the heart to break it to Jamie that I know people who’ve grown cabbages bigger than his pumpkin…Maybe you could do it!
    I actually saw a show on PBS about giant pumpkin growers, interesting stuff

  • comment avatar chellie September 29, 2008

    Pretty impressive pumpkin! And it really is a beauty.

  • comment avatar Michelle September 29, 2008

    That pumpkin is huge! I like how bright and orange it is. Nice stuff.

  • comment avatar Richelle F September 29, 2008

    It IS a very nice pumpkin. What will you have to blog about now it is all over? 🙂

  • comment avatar Allie September 29, 2008

    As I was reading through the comments, this thought came through my mind: Now that the quest for the ultimate pumpkin been temporarily put on hold (for this year at least this year), I wonder if Jamie will officially change his name to Peter …… that way he won’t really have to abandon all of his hard earned work over the summer and can focus a little more on his two true loves. 🙂

  • comment avatar Jenn September 29, 2008

    Yeah!! THat is a huge pumpkin =)

  • comment avatar Nature Deva September 29, 2008

    That is so excellent! I am very impressed by both his passion for it and the results. And how nice for you that you didn’t have to foot the water bill to grow something that big!

    What will you do with it now?


  • comment avatar Lauri September 29, 2008

    Wow! That is one HUGE pumpkin! Nice job Jamie!
    Now what?? Pumpkin Pie.. Pumpkin Bread.. Pumpkin Pasta….Pumpkin Pancake??MMmm

  • comment avatar crunchy domestic goddess (amy) September 29, 2008

    OMG, that is a BEAST! I can’t believe someone grew one even larger. Wow, just wow. And I had no idea your hubby was into large vegetables. hehe. 😉 So did massive amount of Miracle Gro go into this bad boy or what’s the secret?

  • comment avatar Tonya September 29, 2008

    Whoa baby. That’s some great pumpkin Charlie Brown. I was wasy off. Oh well. No sense crying over spilled pumpkin seeds.

  • comment avatar Michelle at Scribbit September 29, 2008

    Now that’s a man who loves his pumpkins!

  • comment avatar Melissa D September 30, 2008

    Your Great Pumpkin SO ROCKS and I LOVE how the event is celebrated. We’ve been pondering a patch in a garden area but my darling husband hasn’t been so gung ho..

    .. til now..


  • comment avatar SJ September 30, 2008

    And how exactly do you grow a pumpkin that big? And what do you do with it now that pumpkin season is over?


  • comment avatar Suzanne B October 2, 2008

    Amber, I love it! I’m thrilled with the whole thing. I am thrilled to get the information on the size.

    It’s adorable how excited he is, and even more so how hair-pulling silly you get about it!

    Thanks for letting us into your little world!!!

  • comment avatar yvonne October 3, 2008

    Wow! 755 pounds, I wouldn’t have been close if I had guessed.

  • comment avatar serf 'rett October 4, 2008

    Scene: group sitting in circle
    “Hello, my name is Jamie.”
    Group responds, “Hello, Jamie.”
    “I am a giant pumpkin addict. My hand have been clean for 3 months now…”

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