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The 19th Annual Great Pumpkin Growing Contest

Get ready to GROW!

Welcome to this great, but very friendly, competition!

As a participant in this year’s contest, you will join an enthusiastic and growing crowd of organics recyclers whose objective is to Grow ’em Big with Compost! The heaviest pumpkin at the time of weigh-in will be this year’s national champion of the pumpkin patch.

As the winner, you will receive bragging rights as well as $500 to donate to a horticultural initiative in your area.

In addition to these rules and regulations, your sign-up kit provides you with an excellent source of websites and tips to learn about the fine art of pumpkin growing. This year we will once again be providing seeds of “Dill’s Atlantic Giant” with our starter packages with seeds from pumpkins 1000 lbs +! Each of these packages has only two seeds, but your chances of growing impressive pumpkins will be very high…

The rules of our contest are as follow:

  1. Use only compost to prepare your soil (no chemical fertilizers/supplements allowed).
  2. No force feeding of nutrients through the vines.
  3. The pumpkin must be grown outdoors. (Seeds can be germinated inside and transplanted outside in the early spring.)
  4. It would be great if you could send a quick update to The Council at the beginning of each month for inclusion on our website. Photos of your garden and growing success are very much welcome.
  5. Weigh-in is scheduled for Monday October 5, 2020. Each participant must phone in their results to The Council’s office (1-877-571-GROW) followed by report by fax (416-536-9892) or by email ( including a photo of the pumpkin, and a form signed by a local municipal official or horticultural group for verification. All the info is due on the weigh-in date!

In accordance with worldwide rules, at the time of weigh-in, a specimen must be healthy and completely undamaged. Vine must be trimmed to one inch (2.5 cm) from the stem (stalk) of the fruit. Foreign material may not be included in the weighing. To enforce, the judges may x-ray the specimen. No carrying device may be included in the weighing.

Specimens of equal weight will be declared co-winners. Weights will be recorded in quarter (1/4) kilogram increments (round down to next lowest quarter kg.).

Please contact us at or 1-877-571-GROW (4769).

The Compost Council of Canada is the national non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to advocating and advancing organics residuals recycling and compost use. The Council serves as the central resource and network for the compost and organics recycling industry in Canada and, through its members, contributes to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they operate.