Random Utah Records & Trivia
GROWER RECORDS & TRIVIA
First Grower to Break the Barrier!
500# Barrier - Ken Giles of West Valley City - 1994 - 520 pounds
1000# Barrier - Kenny Blair of Bountiful - 2006 - 1104 pounds
1500# Barrier - Matt McConkie of Mountain Green - 2011 - 1600 pounds
2000# Barrier - ??? - Who will it be?
First Female Grower to Break the Barrier!
500# Barrier - Angela Burton of Brigham City - 2007 - 528.5 pounds
1000# Barrier - Juana Laub of Vernal - 2015 - 1073.5 pounds
1500# Barrier - ??? - Who will it be?
Most Weigh-Off 1st Place Wins - Tie - Kenny Blair & Matt McConkie- 5
1st Place Tie - Kenny Blair with 5 Wins - (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006 & 2007) and Matt McConkie with 5 Wins - (2010, 2011, 2014, 2017 [TP] & 2017 [HHF])
2nd Place - 4 Wins - Ray Tolman - (1990, 1991, 1992 & 1996)
3rd Place - 3 Wins - Gordon Tanner - (2004, 2005 & 2008)
Most Weigh-Off 2nd Place Wins - Andrew Israelsen - 5
1st Place - Andrew Israelsen with 5 - 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011 & 2013
2nd Place - Bruce Orchard with 3 - 1994, 2001 & 2002
3rd Place Tie - 2 Each - Ray Tolman, Kenny Blair, Brent Wolfley, Mohamed Sadiq & DJ Steffler
Most Weigh-Off 3rd Place Wins - Ross Bowman - 4
1st Place - Ross Bowman with 5 - 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012 & 2017
2nd Place Tie - 2 Each - Andrew Israelsen, Ron Hoffman, Ken Kolb & Alan Geberg
Top Husband and Wife Team - Ralph & Juana Laub - 2640.5 lbs.
The top couple is determined by the combined total weigh of each spouses largest pumpkin.
1st Place - Ralph & Juana Laub - 1326.5 + 1314 = 2640.5 lbs
2nd Place - Kyle & Carrie Fox - 1171.5 + 669 = 1840.5 lbs
3rd Place - Lee & Doris Perry - 819.5 + 869 = 1688.5 lbs
Highest Weight Total of 2 Pumpkins Grown In A Single Year - Matt McConkie (3,548.5)
1st Place - Matt McConkie - 2014 - 1817.5 + 1731 = 3,548.5
2nd Place - Tyler Quigley - 2013 - 1238 + 1163 = 2,401
3rd Place - Alan Gebert - 2018 - 1277 + 1096 = 2,373
Highest Weight Total of 3 Pumpkins Grown In A Single Year - Matt McConkie (5,215.5)
1st Place - Matt McConkie - 2017 - 1974 + 1764.5 + 1477 = 5,215.5
2nd Place - Matt McConkie - 2011 - 1600 + 1338 + 909 = 3,847
3rd Place - Ross Bowman - 2014 - 1204 + 1171 + 1078 = 3,453
First To Grow 3 Pumpkin Over 1000# In A Single Year - Ross Bowman
Ross Bowman had a banner year in his patch back in 2011, growing 3 pumpkins over a half ton each. He brought them all to the Thanksgiving Point weigh-off, where they weighed in at 1174, 1082, and 1013 respectively! Way to go Ross!
Largest Pumpkin from a First Time Grower - Brandon Roper (956 lbs.)
Teenager and first time grower Brandon Roper brought his whopper of a pumpkin to the Thanksgiving Point Weigh-off in 2012. His efforts were good enough to place 4th in the competition. Good job Brandon!
Utah's Oldest Pumpkin Grower - Ross Bowman (84)
1st Place - Ross Bowman, Utah's oldest pumpkin grower, won the Thankgiving Point Weighoff in 2018 at the age of 84. Ross is still going strong and we expect to continue to see great pumpkins from Ross for years to come.
2nd Place - Ross Fullmer brought 2 pumpkins to the 2006 weigh-off at the age of 83. Sadly our friend Ross, who was one of the original founders of the UGPG, passed away in 2009 at the age of 86. He is missed!
Grower Who Has Competed The Most Years in Utah Weigh Offs- Andrew Israelsen (14)
1st Place - Andrew Israelsen - 14 years - from 1999 to 2015 (missing only '01, '06 & '12)
2nd Place - Ray Tolman - 12 years - from 1990 to 2008 (missing 7 various years.)
3rd Place - Kenny Blair - 11 years - from 1997 to 2008 (missing only '05)
Grower Who Has Weighed In the Most Pumpkins/Squash - Gordon Tanner (25)
Pumpkins must be over 300 lbs (or a weigh-off winner for older pumpkins) and undamaged to be included.
1st Place - Gordon Tanner - 25 pumpkins
2nd Place - Andrew Israelsen - 19 pumpkins
3rd Place - Ross Bowman - 16 Pumpkins
WEIGH-OFF RECORDS & TRIVIA
Number of Utah Grower's who Have Brought a Pumpkin to a Weigh-Off: 328
Wahoo! Way to go Utah Growers!
Number of Grower's from other States: 9
We have been pleased to host pumpkin growers from Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.
Farthest Distance Traveled to Compete in the Utah Weigh-Off - 501 miles
Jim West and his wife drove 516 miles from Pinesdale, Montana to Lehi, Utah to attend the UGPG weigh-off in both 2009 and 2015 - 2018.
Most Pumpkins/Squash Weighed At A Utah Weighoff - 80
In 2012, a grand total of 80 specimens were weighed in at the Thanksgiving Point weigh-off. This made it the largest weigh-off in the world that year (and probably the longest)! Grower Tyler Quigley came out on top with a new personal best of 1454.5. You can view the official weigh-off results here. Here was the official breakdown:
66 Official Pumpkin Entries
8 Exhibition Pumpkin Entries
4 Squash Entries
2 Damaged Entries
Most Times the State Pumpkin Record Was Broken in a Single Weigh-Off - 4
In 2011, the current state pumpkin record of 1169 lbs, set by Matt McConkie in 2010, was broken 4 time by 3 different growers in a 20 minute period. When all was said and done, Matt McConkie crushed his previous state record with a mind boggling 1600 lb. pumpkin. What an exciting weigh-off!
1. Ross Bowman - 1174 lbs.
2. Andrew Israelsen - 1182 lbs.
3. Matt McConkie - 1338 lbs.
4. Matt McConkie - 1600 lbs.
Most Pumpkin State Records Broken at a Single Weigh-off - 3
The Thanksgiving Point weigh-off in 2001 saw 3 new pumpkin state record set in a single afternoon; a new record not only for Utah, but also for Idaho and Wyoming. It was truly an exciting weigh-off for the record books!
New Idaho State Record - Brian Christensen - Rexburg Idaho - 847.5 lbs.
New Utah State Record - Bruce Orchard - Bountiful Utah - 777.5 lbs.
New Wyoming State Record - Ron Hoffman - Riverton, Wyoming - 549 lbs.
Although highly improbable, we have on occasion had 2 pumpkins that weigh in at the exact same weight. Here are the winners:
1st place - 2006 - Brent & Jenna Wolfley tie themselves! Brent and his daughter Jenna brought 2 pumpkin from 2 different plants and seeds. Both pumpkins weighed in at exactly 519.5, which would have tied for 8th place with themselves (had one not been counted as exhibition). What are the odds?
2nd place - 2013 - Brent Evans and Paul Roper both had pumpkins that weighed 817.5 pounds, tying them for 7th place in the competition that year.
3rd place - 2014 - Kevin Mullennax and James Nielson both had pumpkins that weighed 444 lbs, tying them for 25th place. Kevins pumpkin was later made into a boat for the pumpkin regatta and sailed to a new world record in the 100 meters for pumpkin boat races.
Regatta & Pumpkin Drop Records & Trivia
Utah's First Pumpkin Regatta - 2011
Utah's first giant pumpkin regatta was held at Sugar House park in 2011 with 6 competitor: Ross Bowman, Kyle Fox, Andrew Israelsen, Matt McConkie, Gordon Tanner and Kyle Tanner
Largest Pumpkin Regatta Boat - 1185 Pounds
The largest pumpkin that has been used as a boat in the annual pumpkin regatta was 1185 back in 2013. The pumpkin was grown and rowed by Andrew Israelsen, who came away with an injured shoulder from rowing such a heavy boat. Bigger is always better in the weigh-off, but maybe not for the regatta!
Largest Pumpkin Floated Down The Colorado River - 1200 Pounds
In 2012, Matt McConkie, Kyle Fox and company floated a 1200 lb pumpkin boat grown by Matt down the Colorado River. It was extreme fun and made for a great YouTube video, but after a close brush with death, they may not be doing it again any time soon.
Check out the great video below:
Utah's 1st Giant Pumpkin Drop - 2004 - Trolley Square
The 1st Utah Giant pumpkin drop was in 2004 at Trolley Square where Gordon Tanner's 671 lb pumpkin was lifted up to 65 ft using a pallet lifter. They tried to drop in on a car but missed. It was sponsored by a local radio station. The 1st UGPG sponsored giant pumpkin drop was in 2009 at Hee-Haw farms, and is now a yearly tradition.