Arizona Records

What fun would this hobby be, if we didn’t have and a way to keep track of who has grown the largest giant pumpkin, giant watermelon, or giant tomato in Arizona.  The AZGVG keeps track of the records – and will even help the next person beat our own existing records.  (BTW, we even smile when you break our records).

The Arizona Giant Vegetable Growers Association, on behalf of the Arizona State Fair, maintains the Giant Vegetable Records for the State of Arizona.

Giant vegetable growers have been proudly showing off their seasonal success stories for many years.  Below is a list of vegetables, for which we know there is an existing Arizona Record. 
 
Remember, some vegetables grow better in one region than another; but that shouldn’t stop you from trying to see if you can’t “Wow!” your friends and neighbors — and set a new Arizona record while you’re at it.   We want you to grow a giant vegetable, and we’ll celebrate your victory when you bring it to our events.  If your “Giant” matures outside the set weigh-off dates, then we’ll arrange to bring our scale to you.
 
This list is maintained to the best of our abilities, utilizing all the resources available from the various giant vegetable clubs, known record keeping websites, and Guinness World Records.  We apologize for any error in our records, and hope you will contact us with the information which will allow us to create a record book that can be used by everybody.
 

Giant Pumpkin (Heavy)

 GrowerCity/TownWeightEvent Date
1Scott CulpSierra Vista693.0Sierra Vista Ace Hardware Weigh-Off / Arizona State Fair 9/29/18
2Dean BakerScottsdale486.0AZGPG Spring Harvest Festival 5/30/15
3Dean BakerScottsdale483.0AZGPG Spring Harvest Festival 5/30/15
4Ron WatkinsPhoenix479.0AZGPG Spring Harvest Festival 5/27/17
5Ben BuschiebAhwatukee469.0Certified Scale 6/1/07
6Dave SmithScottsdale465.0AZGPG Spring Harvest Festival 5/30/15
7Dean BakerScottsdale461.5AZGPG SunStroke Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off 6/10/15
8Scott CulpSierra Vista454.0Certified Scale 9/22/02
9Scott CulpSierra Vista450.0Arizona State Fair 8/25/17
10Scott CulpSierra Vista439.0Sierra Vista Ace Hardware Weigh-Off / Arizona State Fair 9/29/18

Giant Squash (Heavy)

 GrowerCity/TownWeightEvent Date
1Dean BakerScottsdale313.5AZGPG Spring Harvest Festival 5/27/17

Watermelon (Heavy)

 GrowerCity/TownWeightEvent Date
1Scott CulpSierra Vista118.35AZGPG SunStroke Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off 8/15/20
2Scott CulpSierra Vista102.05AZGPG SunStroke Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off 8/2/20
3Scott CulpSierra Vista38.35Sierra Vista Ace Hardware Weigh-Off / Arizona State Fair 9/29/18
4Scott CulpSierra Vista34.50Sierra Vista Ace Hardware Weigh-Off / Arizona State Fair 9/29/18

Field Pumpkin (Heavy)

 GrowerCity/TownWeightEvent Date
1Phil HayesPinetop142.0Mother Nature’s Farm Pumpkin Weigh-Off 9/28/13
2Phil HayesPinetop128.0Mother Nature’s Farm Pumpkin Weigh-Off 9/28/13
3Art HargraveQueen Creek84.0Mother Nature’s Farm Pumpkin Weigh-Off 9/28/13

Tomato (Heavy)

 GrowerCity/TownWeightEvent Date
1Scott CulpSierra Vista2.67 lbAZGPG SunStroke Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off 6/15/18
2Scott CulpSierra Vista2.588 lbAZGPG SunStroke Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off 7/15/18
3Ron WatkinsPhoenix2.375 lbAZGPG Spring Harvest Festival 5/30/17

Chile Pepper (Capsicum annuum) (Heavy)

 GrowerCity/TownWeightEvent Date
1Ed CurryPierce10.23 ozGuinness World Records 11/6/09

Chile Pepper (Capsicum annuum) (Long)

 GrowerCity/TownLengthEvent Date
1Ed CurryPierce10.25 inGuinness World Records 11/6/09

Cabbage, Green (Heavy)

 GrowerCity/TownWeightEvent Date
1Ryder RaneyBuckeye25.6 lbCertified Scale / Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program 3/2/19
2Scott CulpSierra Vista20.25 lbArizona State Fair 9/30/18

Barrel Gourd (Heavy)

 GrowerCity/TownWeightEvent Date
1Scott CulpSierra Vista59.25 lbSierra Vista Ace Hardware Weigh-Off / Arizona State Fair 9/29/18
2Scott CulpSierra Vista54.50 lbYavapai County Fair / Arizona State Fair 9/7/18
3Scott CulpSierra Vista54.15 lbYavapai County Fair / Arizona State Fair 9/7/18

Long Gourd (Tall)

 GrowerCity/TownLengthEvent Date
1Scott CulpSierra Vista85.06 inSierra Vista Ace Hardware Weigh-Off / Arizona State Fair 9/29/18
2Scott CulpSierra Vista80 inYavapai County Fair / Arizona State Fair 9/7/18

Carrot (Heavy)

 GrowerCity/TownWeightEvent Date
1Scott CulpSierra Vista2.0 lbAZGPG SunStroke Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off 7/15/18

Cantaloupe (Heavy)

 GrowerCity/TownWeightEvent Date
1Scott CulpSierra Vista25.74 lbAZGPG SunStroke Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off 8/1/18

Cucumber (Heavy)

 GrowerCity/TownWeightEvent Date
1Scott CulpSierra Vista3.50 lbsYavapai County Fair / Arizona State Fair 9/7/18

Runner Bean (Long)

 GrowerCity/TownLengthEvent Date
1Scott CulpSierra Vista18.875 inArizona State Fair 9/30/18
2Scott CulpSierra Vista16.0 inArizona State Fair 9/30/18
3Scott CulpSierra Vista14.5 inArizona State Fair 9/30/18

Radish (Heavy)

 GrowerCity/TownWeightEvent Date
1Scott CulpSierra Vista8.05 lbAZGPG SunStroke Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off 7/15/18
2Scott CulpSierra Vista5.25 lbAZGPG SunStroke Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off 7/15/18
3Scott CulpSierra Vista4.95 lbAZGPG SunStroke Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off 7/15/18

Sunflower (Head)

 GrowerCity/TownWidthEvent Date
1Scott CulpSierra Vista14.00 inAZGPG SunStroke Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off 6/15/18
2Rosie WittigQueen Valley12.25 inAZGPG SunStroke Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off 8/26/19

Sunflower (Tall)

 GrowerCity/TownLengthEvent Date
1Rosie WittigQueen Valley99.0 inAZGPG SunStroke Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off 8/26/19