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Giant Pumpkin Contest a HUGE Success! October 11, 2012

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Last spring the Burlington Science Center gave away pumpkin seeds in soil containers to every K-5 Burlington student in preparation for our bi-annual growing contest. The rules were simple: All pumpkins were to be grown in the town of Burlington, pumpkins were to be weighed at the Burlington Post Office where they would receive an official weight stamp, and final weights were to be submitted to the Science Center by the end of September.

On Wednesday all results were made final and participants were invited to the town common for an official pumpkin contest photo to celebrate our town’s youngest gardeners.

Three students received special recognition for their amazing pumpkins! Anika Bharatan received third place with a weight of 48.2 pounds. Second place was awarded to Maggie MacLeod for her pumpkin, weighing 49.5 pounds. The first place winner grew one of our pumpkins to an amazing 89 pounds… almost twice that of any other! Skyla Vaudo’s award-winning pumpkin was an impressive sight for all of us, requiring a red wagon to reach the crowd that assembled for the group photograph.

We here at the Burlington Science Center are incredibly proud of our young gardeners from all four elementary schools. We would like to thank the students and their family for keeping up with the months-long contest over the summer. We would also like to thank the Burlington Post Office employees who graciously weighed each and every pumpkin entered in the contest. Lastly we’d like to thank our friends at the Daily Times Chronicle and Burlington Union for weathering the elements and taking our photo for their papers!


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