Established 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.