Sunny day for Christianson's Pumpkin Festival


September 20, 2023

The winner and his sister look at winning pumpkin.

Sarah Walls

THE WINNER IS – Harvey Cardwell and his sister came up from Oregon City, OR, for their first pumpkin contest.

Harvey Cardwell from Oregon City, Oregon grew the winning pumpkin at the 13th Annual Skagit Valley Pumpkin Festival at Christianson's Nursery Saturday. The pumpkin weighed 1,460 pounds. It was the first time he had ever grown and weighed a pumpkin in a contest. He has grown vegetables before but this was the first year he grew pumpkins.

Just how much water does a giant pumpkin need? Up to 600 gallons daily during the heat of summer said Cardwell when asked.

He has two more growing at home also.

He was joined by his sister Hillary Bedortha. They drove about 4 1/2 hours to get here, leaving arou...

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