2021 Nut Tree World Championship Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Saturday, October 9, 2021




Nut Tree is celebrating its 100th Anniversary! Its notable past, growing from a modest roadside fruit stand to California’s Legendary Road Stop, has captivated so many over these years. Today, Nut Tree continues to offer timeless memories to a new generation of visitors.

To mark this important milestone, the Nut Tree is ushering back the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off by the California Pumpkin Growers Club  (“CPGC”). The CPGC originally attended the Fall Festival until the Nut Tree ceased operations in 1996. Since then, they have been a part of the Pumpkin Festival in Elk Grove where it has grown into a two-day festival drawing up to 72,000 people. The World Championship Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off is returning to the Nut Tree as its official competition grounds and partner. CPGC members travel from all over the United States  to participate in this fun and entertaining event. Pumpkins can weigh over 2,000 pounds and prize money is awarded based on weight. Future farmers (6 to 17 years old) participate in their own category and  there will also be a vegetable category. The Nut Tree World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contest will be one of the largest purse winnings and is expected to draw many growers. Don’t miss the first annual event!

2021 Pumpkin Growers’ Submission

Please provide a physical mailing address, not a PO Box.
A grower can enter multiple categories, but only one submission per category
Buckhorn Grill's Food Truck will be catering the Growers' Dinner. Growers will be given one complimentary dinner ticket. Event attendees who are not competing are welcome to buy dinner tickets as well. Dinner tickets are $20 each.



Great Pumpkin Commonwealth

The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth’s (GPC) mission cultivates the hobby of growing giant pumpkins throughout the world by establishing standards and regulations that ensure quality of fruit, fairness of competition, recognition of achievement, fellowship and education for all participating growers and weigh-off sites.

The GPC rules will apply to all contestants entering the 2021 Nut Tree World Championship Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off. To read the GPC rules and handbook, click the link below. 

GPC Official Rules


Hotel accommodations

We are teaming up with the Hyatt Place Hotel in Vacaville located at 610 Orange Dr.

The group rate for a hotel reservation is $113 a night (+tax).

For phone reservations, please call
1-800-233-1234 and request the CA PUMPKINS GROWER CLUB block.

To reserve your hotel room, please click the link below and place G-CPGC in the section of corporate or group code.

All reservations need to be made by the cutoff date of Friday, September 24, 2021 in order to receive the group rate.



Growers’ dinner and ceremony

The Growers’ Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be held immediately following the conclusion of the Pumpkin Weigh-Off (Approximately 5 pm)

One free dinner ticket will be provided to each grower entering an Atlantic giant pumpkin. Additional dinner tickets may be purchased for $20 per person during pre-registration or at the link below. 
No dinner tickets will be available after October 5 as we need to have a specific number for the caterer.
Please send any dinner ticket funds to:
California Pumpkin Growers Club
PO Box 784, Penryn, CA 95663

OFficial paypal



Place Prize Amount:
2nd $4,000
3rd  $3,500
4th $3,000
5th $2,500
6th $2,000
7th $1,500
8th $1,000
9th $900
10th $850
11th $800
12th $750
13th $700
14th $650
15th $600
16th $550
17th $500
18th $450
19th $400
20th $350
21st $300
22nd $250
23rd $200
24th $150
25th $100


AGES 6-17

Future Farmers:
1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place: $150
4th Place: $100
5th Place: $75


and  other Vegetables

1st Place: $750
2nd Place: $450
3rd Place: $200
First Place Vegetables:


Additional Categories

Largest Solano County Grown:
New California State Record:

I have many fond memories spent there riding the train, the snack tastings in the gift shop, the toy shop, harvest festival with scarecrow contest & pumpkin contest, the rocking horses, large wall mural you could place your face in, and the restaurant.

Remembering all three of our teens working at the Fall Festival one year in their orange overalls! The delightful Scarecrow competition and yummy pumpkin ice cream! 



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