How Do They Grow?

PGPGA logoPittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Festival is proud to partner with Pennsylvania Giant Pumpkin Growers Association

The PGPGA originated from a group of local growers in Altoona, PA who staged their first competition, the Pumpkin Bowl, in 1991. Within a few years, the event grew so large and popular, it had to be moved outdoors and became an official weigh-off site of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. Today, the weigh-off is held on the first Saturday in October each year and attracts growers from the tri-state and beyond. It awards a total prize purse of approximately $3,000 for giant pumpkins, squash, field pumpkins, long gourds, tomatoes, watermelons and bushel gourds.

In partnership with the Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Festival, the group, along with member chapters in New York and Michigan, is lending its support and providing help to stage activities, grow and secure the necessary pumpkins that will be used in Pittsburgh, which has become one of the largest festivals of its kind on the east coast.

Association members perform countless hours of volunteer work to help facilitate fall celebration events and showcase award–winning pumpkins, fruits and vegetables regionally. The club relies on fundraising to assist growers with bringing jaw-dropping exhibits to events such as Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Festival, and to help advance the science, techniques and fun of giant pumpkin growing. For more information or, to donate/join the Association:

Want to Grow Your Own Giant?

Discover a wealth of information about these incredible fruits and the work, seeds and science behind the efforts. Follow this link on Pennsylvania Giant Pumpkin Growers Association (PGPGA) to read a detailed article about the basics of starting your own patch from seed. Good luck and good Growing.