For people in Wood County, the annual Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin Fest is as much of a fall tradition as apple picking and trick-or-treating.
This weekend marks the sixteenth year for the festival which runs through Sunday. The fest celebrates all things fall, from arts and crafts to caramel apples.
The highlight of the event for most in attendance however is the weighing in of the giant pumpkins, fruits, and gourds.
Saturdays pouring rain didn't keep people from packing the stands to watch as these giants were weighted in. Prizes were giving to those that won in each category.
Festival organizer Ginny Johnson is quick to point out that while it is called the "Giant Pumpkin Fest" they don't ignore other abnormally large fruits and veggies.
" So far we are at a count of 32 pumpkins, but we also weigh giant watermelons, squash, tomatoes, and long gourds as well. " Johnson says.
This year's largest pumpkin weighed in at a whopping 1,526 pounds. It was grown by Joe Menting and Ray Gardens of Seymour, WI.
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