Kids grow ’em big in Earthwise’s Great Big Giant Contest

The Earthwise Society’s Great Big Giant Contest for kids will wrap up early next month with a special event.

The contest, which kicked off at the Earthwise Bee-Friendly Plant Sale in May, put kids’ gardening skills to the test by encouraging them to grow the biggest pumpkin or the tallest sunflower.

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Children all across Delta planted sunflower and pumpkin seeds in their gardens and have been carefully nurturing the seedlings all summer long.

Earthwise will be hosting a Great Big Giant Contest wrap up at a special Farm Store harvest event on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants are invited to bring in their pumpkins for a weigh-in while sunflower growers should take a photo of themselves standing beside their giant flowers with a measuring stick. Photos will be displayed on a special super-sized sunflower wall of fame.

The young farmers with the heaviest pumpkin and the tallest sunflower will be named the winners and receive a prize. Winning entries will be announced at 1 p.m.

Don’t have a sunflower or pumpkin? Bring in another giant vegetable that you have grown and have it weighed too.

As any farmer will tell you, sometimes vegetables don’t grow quite the way we expect them to, so Earthwise has added a new category -- Vegetable Gremlins -- to the contest. Is your veggie oddly shaped or does your carrot have two heads? Bring it to the weigh-in because Earthwise would love to see it.

Kids under the age of 12 can register their home-grown giant specimens. For more information on how to register, visit www.earthwisesociety.bc.ca or call 604-946-9828.

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