World Record Achievements

The Growers and Pumpkins below have been officially declared World Champions and World Records.



William Warnock
1900, 400 pound world record.

The first to grow a world record. Officially weighed at the Paris Worlds Fair


William Warnock
1904, 403 pound world record.

Officially weighed at the St. Louis Wolds Fair.


Bob Ford
1976, 451 pound world record.

The first to break the world record in modern time.


Howard Dill
1980, 459 pound world record.

4-Time World Champion and developer of the Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkin variety, Howard has been the force and founder of modern day giant pumpkin growing.


Howard Dill
1981, 493.5 pound world record.

4-Time World Champion and developer of the Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkin variety, Howard has been the force and founder of modern day giant pumpkin growing.

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Norm Gallagher
1984, 612 pound world record.

The first grower to break the 600 pound barrier. A resident of Sequim, WA, Norm started the tradition of excellence in giant pumpkin growing that is still enthusiastically embraced by today's Pacific Northwest United States giant pumpkin growers.

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Robert Gancarz
1986, 671 pound world record.

Robert and his brother Edward have been the only family members to share the distinction of separate world championships and world records.

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Gordon Thomson
1989, 755 pound world record.

The first grower to break the 700 pound barrier and a forerunner of the success of the Ottawa/St. Lawrence Giant Pumpkin Growers.

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Ed Gancarz
1990, 816.5 pound world record.

The first grower to break the 800 pound barrier.

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Joel Holland
1992, 827 pound world record.

The 827 went on to become one of the most prolific producers of world class giant pumpkins ever.

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Donald Black
1993, 884 pound world record.

Herman Bax
1994, 990 pound world record.

Hard-luck Herman, was a whisker away from topping the 1000 pound mark a full two years before anyone had ever accomplished it. His 990 pound pumpkin in 1994 ushered in the confidence that 1000 pound pumpkins were within grasp for all competitive giant pumpkin growers. In all, four growers in North America (two in Canada and two in the United States) broke the 900 pound barrier for the very first time in 1994!

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Nathan and Paula Zehr
1996, 1061 pound world record.

The first world record over 1000 pounds. Their 1061 was weighed at the WPC weigh off in Collins, NY. Bill Greer of Ontario, Canada also produced a 1006 pound pumpkin in 1996.

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Gary Burke
1998, 1092 pound world record.

In 1998, two other growers worldwide broke 1000 pounds as well.

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Gerry Checkon
1999, 1131 pound world record -- the first pumpkin ever over 1100 pounds. Her husband, Larry, lost an 1190 pounder just weeks before the world weigh offs.
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Dave Stelts
2000, 1140 pound world record.

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Geneva Emmons
2001, 1262 pound world record -- the first ever over 1200 pounds. Craig Weir finished a whisker behind at 1260.4 pounds.
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Charlie Houghton
2002, 1337.6 pound world record -- the first ever over 1300 pounds. Charlie lost his struggle with cancer less than a year after establishing a new standard for world records.
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Steve Daletas
2003, 1385 pound world record. Four other growers also produced 1300 pound pumpkins.

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Al Eaton
2004, 1446 pound world record. Two other growers also produced 1400 pound pumpkins.
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Larry Checkon
2005, 1469 pound world record.
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Ron Wallace
2006, 1502 pound world record -- the first giant pumpkin ever grown over 1500 pounds!
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Joe Jutras
2007, 1689 pound world record -- the first giant pumpkin ever grown over 1600 pounds!
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Christy Harp
2009, 1725 pound world record -- the first giant pumpkin ever grown over 1700 pounds!
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Chris Stevens
2010, 1810.5 pound world record -- the first giant pumpkin ever grown over 1800 pounds!
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Jim and Kelsey Bryson
2011, 1818.5 pound world record -- WOW!
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Ron Wallace
2012, 2009.0 pound world record pumpkin. The first one-ton vegetable!

 

 
Tim Mathison
2013, 2032.0 pound world record pumpkin.
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