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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pumpkinmania Festival September 27 2014 at the Lodge at Leathem Smith! New!


Door County’s Pumpkinmania! Festival Debuts September 27th
Pumpkin Weigh-Off Could Result in Official Selection
of Wisconsin’s Largest Pumpkin Ever

STURGEON BAY, WI, August 19, 2014 — The Lodge at Leathem Smith, the well-known 86-year-old resort in Sturgeon Bay, has announced Pumpkinmania!, a new Door County fall season festival featuring an officially sanctioned pumpkin weigh-off, “pumpkin regatta” on the adjoining Sturgeon Bay harbor, pie baking contest, a wide range of kids’ games, food booths by local restaurants, and live music.

The family-friendly Pumpkinmania! event will take place on The Lodge at Leathem Smith’s expansive grounds on Saturday, September 27th, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and will feature the weighing of giant pumpkins carefully grown to a massive size of thousands of pounds. The pumpkin weigh-off has been sanctioned by The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC), a worldwide sanctioning body that provides a set of standards for similar events throughout the world.

“We can’t predict the future,” said Scott Steil, GPC Event Coordinator, “but we are certain that dozens of competitive growers in Wisconsin and nearby states are currently
tending a number of 1,000-lb.-plus pumpkins and hoping to win this event’s first prize. It’s even conceivable that one of them could exceed the Wisconsin state record of 1,810.5 pounds for a pumpkin grown by Chris Stevens of New Richmond in 2010.”

Pumpkinmania! is providing cash prizes to the growers of pumpkins — based on the GPC’s official weighing process — that are selected for the 1st ($5,000), 2nd ($3,000) and 3rd ($2,000) prizes. $5,000 in additional prizes will be awarded to growers of other unusually large vegetables, plus growers of the “prettiest pumpkin,” ”ugliest pumpkin,” and other official categories. The GPC-sanctioned weigh-off will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. during the festival.

The Lodge at Leathem Smith, 1640 Memorial Drive, Sturgeon Bay, WI  54235; for more information, call 920.743.5555 or visit

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