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Kentucky State Fair Largest Pumpkin & Watermelon Contest

August 17 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Largest Pumpkin Contest
1 Exhibit must be sound. No visible cracks, wounds, holes,
mold, disease, or spoilage is allowed.
2 No suckers, wrapper leaves, stems, or extra foliage is allowed.
3 No grossly over-mature exhibits are allowed. Exhibit must be
of good, marketable quality. The Superintendent/Judge re
serve the right to remove any items on exhibit deemed
unwholesome or not in good taste.
4 All pumpkins will remain on display for the duration of the
Kentucky State Fair unless Fair management approves an
early release.
5 All pumpkins must be grown by the exhibitor.
6 Out-of-state entries are accepted in this class.
7 All entries must be made through our online entry system at
kystatefair.org by 11:59 p.m. on July 10th Onsite registration
is available for an entry fee of $20.00 per exhibitor.
8 Exhibitors who enter prior to the event will receive a packet
in the mail with a map, a loading pass, and instructions on
how to get to the West Wing loading docks. (Rules and Regu
lations from the packet will be available on our website.)
9 Exhibitors will need to pay admission and parking at the
gate or purchase exhibitor tickets prior to the event.
10 Exhibitors who plan to enter on the day of the event will
need to contact the Kentucky State Fair Entry Department by
August 9 to request a loading pass and map. You will also
have to pay admission and parking to come in to the Fair.
11 Pumpkins must arrive on a pallet at the Kentucky State
Fair on Saturday, August 17 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
at the West Wing loading docks. A forklift will be available for
loading and unloading.
12 Growers will need to load their pumpkins on a sufficient
pallet at the farm for unloading purposes by a Kentucky
State Fair forklift upon arrival at the Fair. The Kentucky State
Fair will not be responsible for insufficient pallets. Pallets
should be able to be moved by a hydraulic hand-jack; the
forks on the hydraulic hand-jack are 27” wide and 3 ½” tall.
13 Growers can pick up their pumpkins beginning on Sunday,
August 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. or 10 a.m. to 12:00 noon on
Monday, August 26.
14 Prize money will be awarded as follows and will be based on
the final, official weight of all pumpkins:
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $250
4th Place: $200
5th Place: $150
6th Place: $100
7th Place: $75
8th Place: $75
15 If the 1st place pumpkin weighs 1,000 pounds or more,
the exhibitor will receive $1.00 per pound for the weight of
the pumpkin. This award applies to the 1st Place
pumpkin weighing 1,000 pounds and above ONLY.
If the largest pumpkin does not weigh 1,000 pounds or more
to qualify for the $1.00 per pound, then the largest pumpkin
will be awarded $500 for first place.
16 Please note: If the Largest Pumpkin weighs 1,000 pounds or
more, the exhibitor will receive premiums for the
$1.00 per pound and will not receive the $500.00.
Prize money for 2nd place through 5th place will be adjusted
up.
Largest Watermelon Contest
17 Exhibit must be sound. No visible cracks, wounds, holes,
mold, disease, or spoilage is allowed.
18 No suckers, wrapper leaves, stems, or extra foliage are
allowed.
19 No grossly over-mature exhibits are allowed. The exhibit
must be of good, marketable quality. The Superintendent/
Judge reserve the right to remove any items on exhibit
deemed unwholesome or not in good taste.
20 All watermelons will remain on display for the duration of
the Kentucky State Fair unless the Fair management ap
proves early release.
21 All watermelons must be grown by the exhibitor.
22 Exhibitors are limited to one entry.
23 Out-of-state entries are accepted in this class.
24 All entries must be made through our online entry system at
kystatefair.org by 11:59 p.m. on July 10th. Onsite registration
is available for an entry fee of $20.00 per exhibitor.
25 Watermelons must arrive at the Kentucky State Fair on
Saturday, August 17 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at the
West Wing loading docks. (Exhibitors will be sent a map and
loading pass.)
26 Growers can pick up their watermelons beginning on
Sunday, August 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. or 10:00 a.m.
to 12:00 noon on Monday, August 26.
27 Prize money will be awarded as follows:
1st place is $500
2nd place is $300
3rd place is $250
4th place is $200
5th place is $150
6th place is $100
7th place is $75
8th place is $75
NEW IN 2024:
Challenge the Commissioner!
Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Jonathan Shell hails from a
diverse family farm that includes a cattle operation, field crops, and
greenhouses, and is passionate about all those things. However, he is
downright competitive about growing large pumpkins! He’s adding an
exciting new level of competition to the Largest Pumpkin/Watermelon Contest at the 2024 Kentucky State Fair: “Challenge the
Commissioner!” Any Kentucky-grown pumpkin entered in this year’s
State Fair contest that outweights the pumpkin grown and displayed
by Commissioner Shell will receive additional recognition.
In honor of this 120th Kentucky State Fair, we’d love to see entries
from as many of Kentucky’s 120 counties as possible! Pumpkins grown
in other states are welcome to compete, as always, but those entries
cannot “Challenge the Commissioner!” Bring it on, Kentucky pumpkin
growers – Commissioner Shell means business!

Details

Date:
August 17
Time:
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Event Category:
https://kystatefair.org/

Venue

Kentucky State Fair
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209 United States
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