Duane Grego, left, and Dan Welden check the scales on Welden’s winning pumpkin at 166.2 pounds Sunday.
A giant pumpkin contest is conducted each year at the Evergreen Country Estates neighborhood on Goss Road south of Port Angeles. Welden, who started the contest 14 years ago, gives each of his neighbors special pumpkin sprouts he has started from seeds from the Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers Association.
The growing season starts around May 1 and the neighbors gather for a weigh-in and to have a pumpkin potluck party this time of year. Only one pumpkin weighed more than 100 pounds out of the dozen entries.