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BREAK OUT BIGGEST, BEST PUMPKINS FOR CONTEST

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Get your pickup trucks and wheelbarrows out and ready to go. It's pumpkin judging time.

Wasatch Shadows in Sandy will sponsor its annual Giant Pumpkin contest Saturday, Oct. 12. But prizes (totaling $2,500 in value) won't be limited to those who grow big pumpkins.Prizes will also be awarded for pumpkins entered in five other categories: "best carved," "best decorated," "best use of natural materials to decorate," "scariest" and "best impersonation of a famous character." Pumpkin growers may enter in two categories: Age 12 and under and over age 12.

All pumpkin entries must be received beginning at 8 a.m. but no later than noon that day at the nursery, 9295 S. 255 West.

The grand prize for the heaviest pumpkin will include a number of gifts, including a night's free lodging for two at a local hotel and a $150 gift certificate at the nursery. After judging by Phil Riesen of KUTV, prizes will be awarded at 1 p.m. Entrants must be present to win, said Wasatch Shadows owner Loren L. Nielsen.

Last year's winner was Eric Foutz, a young Salt Lake County boy, who entered a 489-pound pumpkin. Ken Giles of West Valley City, the 1994 winner, holds the record with a 520-pound pumpkin, which involved feeding his entry massive doses of fertilizer, said Debbie Nielsen, who runs the contest."The big secret is growing time and good weather," she said.