Record-Breaking Giant Pumpkin Tips the Scales at the 2012 Puyallup Fair

Puyallup, WA – Sept. 21, 2012 –The pumpkins were bigger than ever at the 2012 Puyallup Fair’s annual Super Pumpkin weigh-in. Both of this year’s first and second place winners broke the Fair’s current giant pumpkin record. Robin Halbert of Enumclaw took home first place honors with an impressive pumpkin weighing in at 1,246 pounds. The grand champion prize is a dollar per pound, which granted Halbert $1,246.
Jay Groepper of Spokane took second place with his giant pumpkin weighing in at 1,148 pounds. Groepper took home $500 for his second place win. Cindy Tobeck of Olympia received third place honors, winning $400 for her 1,135 pound pumpkin.
In the junior division, Abby and Anne Uhlmeyer of Olympia took home the title of junior champions with their pumpkin weighing in at an enormous 902.5 pounds. With a prize of $1 per pound, the girls took home $902.5. Second place in the junior division went to Jimmy Venters of Redmond who won $300 with his pumpkin weighing 156 pounds. Alliana Halbert of Enumclaw took home third place honors with a 146.5 pound pumpkin and won $200.
The top three pumpkins in each division will be on display in the Agriculture Department in the Americraft ShowPlex for the duration of the Puyallup Fair, through Sept. 23.
Adult Division
Place Name Hometown Weight in Pounds
1 Robin Halbert Enumclaw 1,246
2 Jay Groepper Spokane 1,148
3 Cindy Tobeck Olympia 1,135
4 Joel Holland Sumner 1,1092
5 Ron Barker Sumner 910.5
6 Stan Pugh Puyallup 771.5
7 Shane and Cary Briggs Rochester 448
8 Bob Rist Enumclaw 412.5
9 Laurie Safford Graham 280.5

Junior Division
Place Name Hometown Weight in Pounds
1 Abby and Anne Uhlmeyer Olympia 902.5
2 Jimmy Venters Redmond 156
3 Alliana Halbert Enumclaw 146.5
The Puyallup Fair started in 1900, is one of the biggest fairs in the world, and is considered to be the state fair in Washington. Star-studded entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers and animals are mainstays of the 17-day event in September. For more info about the Sept. 7-23, 2012 Puyallup Fair, visit, or text “FAIR” to 75868.  # # #


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