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2017 Hall of Fame

Dave Stelts



-               Started growing in late 60?s with father, competitively started in 1992.

-               Have grown giant pumpkins for competition every year since 1992, first GPC weigh-off October 1995.

-               Won first GPC weigh-off at Canfield OH in 1997 with 801.5

-               Have had 10 total first place finishes at GPC sanctioned weigh-offs

-               I have attended &/or competed in almost 70 GPC sanctioned weigh-offs

-               Grown over 50 pumpkins that exceeded 1,000#?s in weight

-               Have held Ohio (1) & Pennsylvania (2) state records 

-               Set the world record in 2000 @ 1,140#?s & twice close missing WR by 11# & 25#?s finishing 2nd & 3rd in GPC in 2011 & 2009.

-               Have finished in the top 20 for GPC 7 times.

-               Member of 1,400-1,500-1,600-1,700-1,800-4,000-5,100# clubs

-               Innovated ? plant & red zone focus with 1 pumpkin to maximize space & number of plants which is used by most all growers today.


-               Charter member of the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers fall of 1994,

-               OVGPG board of directors 1998 ? 2006

-               Helped plan & execute weigh-off day, summer tour & picnic, spring seminar beginners & advanced.

-               Introduced lifting ring & helped implement it with lifting devise changing how we handle & weigh pumpkins at Canfield which has been adopted by sites worldwide.

-               GPC Executive Committee 12/2004 ? 12/2014

-               First President for GPC held office for 10 years

-               Was a part of GPC: rules revision, bylaws, officers, obtaining tax exemption, logo & patent on it, website, implementing BP spread sheet, taking sites to Europe & the world, site expansion from 22 ? 105, sponsor acquisition,

-               GPC awards: Hall of Fame - Jepson Vine of Honor - Biggest overall & champions trophy -  Grower of the Year ? HH clubs ? growers coats -  small categories - Master Gardner - NYC/NYBG big 3 promotion ? European championship ? Rookie of the Year - GPC awards show


-               Attended every advanced seminar given by the OVGPG, presented & sat on ?expert? panels many times including beginners seminars.

-               Traveled to 6 different clubs to present to their growers

-               Attended first International Growers Seminar in spring 1996 & have attended all but 3 years since including a streak of 13 in a row.

-               Participation at IGS includes: presented, HH panels, MC, organized, obtained speakers, & help transform this seminar into the GPC ?Big Show?.

-               Help to rotate the Big Show to other regions including Europe to make it accessible to more growers.

-               Donated thousands of seeds to clubs worldwide to make money since 1995 including proven seeds 801.5, 705, 904, 1,495? ? these donations have generated well north of $100,000 to help sustain club activities to further the sport/hobby.

-               Spent countless hours mentoring numerous growers.

-               Have been interviewed by almost all Club newsletters.

-               Was a featured Heavy Hitter in ?How to grow giant pumpkins 2?

-               Been interviewed for countless local, regional, national newspapers & magazines.

-               Have been on many local & national TV shows promoting growing including Today, Live with Kelly & Michael, Good Morning America, The Chew.


-               I would like to thank all the HOF members & GPC Executive Committee members past & present for the many years of support to work as a team giving up so much personal time to obtain a common goal. For all of you I leaned on for advice with countless hours of phone calls & e-mails to help build the GPC to what it is today & allow me to obtain so many growing accomplishments. I am truly blessed to have such great friends & colleagues; I am humbled by being considered for the voting ballot to be a member of the GPC Hall Of Fame. I thank all of you for all of this & more from the bottom of my heart.