CIRCLEVILLE (WCMH) — The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In kicked off four days of festivities, food and fun at the Circleville Pumpkin Show Wednesday morning.
Among the growers hoping their pumpkins would tip the scales was Mark Litz.
“We’re thinking, we’re hoping, around 1500 pounds,” Litz said.
Litz grew a giant pumpkin for the first time last year, which he said weighed 902 pounds. This year, he said he was hoping to win, but also said he was looking forward to spending time with his grower friends.
“You live in Circleville long enough, and eventually when you run out of other things to do and you get your kids through all the softball games and the soccer games and all that, you find yourself looking for one more hobby,” Litz said. “And if you live in this town, this should be your hobby.”
A few blocks away, another highlight of the Pumpkin Show for many is Lindsey’s Bakery. The bakery sells pumpkin donuts all year long, but during the Pumpkin Show, workers can’t fry them fast enough.
“At night, there’s people waiting in line. That’s why it’s so long is because they’re waiting for the hot donuts. And if they get a hot donut, there’s a smile on their face that don’t quit,” said Jerry Eckart, spokesperson for Lindsey’s Bakery.
The Pumpkin Show continues through Saturday.