Siblings take top honors in Gardeners of Rome’s Big Pumpkin, Giant Sunflower contest

Published Oct 13, 2017 at 4:00pm

The Gardeners of Rome, an affiliate of Gardeners of America and Men’s Garden Clubs of America, just held its annual Big Pumpkin/Giant Sunflower Contest.

Seeds are distributed in the spring to children up to age 18. They are to take care of them all summer until the first Saturday in October.

On Oct. 7, the participants brought their pumpkins to be weighed and sunflowers to be measured at Ace Hardware on Black River Boulevard.

Top winners will be awarded prizes at a special ceremony to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 at Ava Dorfman Senior Center, 305 E. Locust St.


Delanie Pritchard, daughter of Brad and Lisa Pritchard, first place, 129 pounds.

Conner Rutledge, son of Kelli Rutledge, second place, 102 1/2 pounds.

Joey Fusco, son of Joseph and Cassandra Fusco, third place, 67 pounds.

Julianna Fusco, daughter of Joseph and Cassandra Fusco, fourth place, 65 pounds.


Griffin Pritchard, first place, 21 1/2 inches.

Delanie Pritchard, second place, 20 inches.

Arianna Galante, third place, 18 1/2 inches.

Conner Rutledge, fourth place, 17 3/4 inches.