Oooh! Aah! Aaaah-some. Hensler’s third annual Giant Pumpkin contest wasn’t a disappointment. Entries came from Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio. The winner was Jeff Zoellner from Clayton, OH who brought the winning 1,198 lb. pumpkin. Second place winner was Sam Durst of Sidney, OH with a pumpkin weighing 1,076 lbs.

Local grower Phyllis Howard of Grovertown, IN joined the 1,000 lb. club by bringing a pumpkin weighing 1,001.5 lbs. Fourth place was John Barenie of Griffith, IN with his 962 lb. pumpkin. In sixth place, Alan Kopp of Genoa City, WI brought a 860.5 lb. pumpkin.

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Photos from the 2010 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off

In addition, this year featured other large vegetables. Tom Beachy, Fort Wayne, IN brought an 87 inch long gourd which earned a first place and also a 2.2 lb. tomato which placed first. Steve Haberman of Warsaw had a first place award with a 12 1/2 inch sunflower head.

Other awards included a 1st place for Jeff Zoellner, of Clayton, OH for his 82.5 lb. field pumpkin. Also winning a 1st place was Roger Howard, Grovertown, IN with a watermelon weighing 116.5 lbs.

The fall weather at Hensler’s Fall Fest was agreeable and attendance was up for this third annual weigh-in. Fall Fest continues through October with horse-pulled wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, fire pit rentals, and fall decorations including pumpkins, gourds, mums, asters, straw and corn stalks.