in 1983; the World Pumpkin Confederation has been the force
behind competitive gardening. Peter & Paul Waterman set
a new USA record of 465.0 lb. to initiate the worldwide event.
Since then, growers have set goals and bettered records on
a regular basis. Ray Waterman, founder and president of the
organization, started promoting a 1,000 lb pumpkin challenge
back in 1986. Paula and Nathan Zehr entered the WPC Competition
at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY in 1996 and received
a total of $53,000.00 USD for their a new world record pumpkin
of 1061.0 lb. (481.2 Kg). This is the largest award ever given
for a giant pumpkin.
The 1998 Guinness Book of World Records documents this feat
with a half page color photo of the Zehr's accomplishment
at the Great Pumpkin Farm. Just how big can they get? Growers worldwide are now looking for the first 2,000 lb giant pumpkin. Many Confederation
Club Members are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
"World Pumpkin Confederation; established
"Clarence NY Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off 2007"