Kevin Garrett’s 1405.6 lb. entry largest ever grown in State TN State Record Broken At Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival

Kevin Garrett and son Christopher of Allardt, who took first and second place in the 23rd Annual Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival with state record entries, are shown with Kevin Garrett’s 1,405.6-lb. winning entry.

Kevin Garrett and son Christopher of Allardt, who took first and second place in the 23rd Annual Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival with state record entries, are shown with Kevin Garrett’s 1,405.6-lb. winning entry.

To say that it was bigger and better than ever would be considered an understatement, as the 24th Annual Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival, held Saturday, October 4, 2014, saw the Tennessee state record shattered not once, but twice.

No less than five pumpkins tipped the scales at over 1,000 pounds, with Kevin Garrett of Allardt setting a new state record with a giant tipping the scales at an incredible 1,405.6 pounds, and his son Christopher weighing in a specimen which weighed 1,337.3 pounds, which was a state record until his dad weighed in his entry.

The weatherman was cooperative once again, with a sparkling but somewhat cold autumn day greeting the thousands of visitors who make the pilgrimage to the small community each year.

In addition to the record-breaking Pumpkins, there were  several very creditable entries in both the Pumpkin and Watermelon categories of the weighoff.

Despite having numerous car shows in the area, there were a record number of entries in the Clyde and Zelia Stephens Memorial Auto and Motorcycle Show, as well as a large number of tractors in the antique tractor show, and another huge crowd on hand to take part in the ceremonies.

The weekend’s events  began at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning with the  Annual Pumpkin Run, which had more than 100 entries. Then at 10:00 a.m. the Festival officially kicked off with announcement of the winners of the Pumpkin Festival Beauty Pageants which were held the previous weekend, and the crowning of this year’s King & Queen.

Pumpkin Festival Committee Chairperson Tom Potter welcomed a large crowd assembled at the City Hall building for the opening ceremony, thanking the committee for all of their hard work and efforts throughout the year, the various event chairmen and all of their volunteer helpers as well as the many community organizations and sponsors who support the festival and weighoff.

He then recognized the winners of the Pumpkin Festival Beauty Contest,  before announcing the 2014 Pumpkin Festival King and Queen, Gary and Edie Tinch, who were brought to the stage and recognized.

At the same time the opening festivities were going on at the City Hall, the weighoff of the giant watermelons, pumpkins and other entries was taking place in the parking lot next to Sandy’s Diner.

George Killgore, Master of Ceremonies for the Weighoff, welcomed a large crowd gathered for the event, which began with the watermelon competition.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.