Giant pumpkin growers from across New England will converge on Frerichs Farm Saturday, Oct. 12 for the 13th annual Southern New england Giant Pumpkin Growers weigh off. Thousands are expected, and we’re not just talking about people. Last year’s winner, grown by Ron Wallace, weighed in at 1,872 pounds. There’s no telling how large this year’s winner will get, though there are rumblings that one is being grown in South County that could tip the scale at the legendary 2,000-pound mark.
The giant pumpkins are the highlight of the day, but there’s much more for families than just abnormally-sized squash. Frerichs will have hayrides, food booths, shopping, music by The Whippets (9 a.m. to noon) and much more during the festival, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. In addition, a giant pumpkin will be dropped from a tall crane at 11:30.
If you’re interested mainly in the pumpkins the weigh-off starts at 12 noon. Admission into the festival is free, though there isa $5 parking fee. Frerichs Farm is located on Kinnicutt Avenue, on the east shore of the Kickemuit reservoir. For more information, see www.frerichsfarm.com.