The 20th iteration of the yearly contest returns to Frerichs Farm and Greenhouses in Warren on Oct. 12, with the weigh-in scheduled to start at noon.
Growers and their giant gourds are expected to start arriving at 9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Growers Association and the state Department of Environmental Management, this year's event also includes corn and hay bale mazes, a "pumpkin coach," pumpkin-painting booths for kids, arts and crafts booths, and the highly-anticipated pumpkin drop.
Parking fee is $5. Rain date Oct. 13. In case of rain or for more information, call Frerichs Farm at (401) 245-8245.
Directions to the Giant Pumpkin contest:
From I-195 East, take Rte. 136 [Exit 2 in Massachusetts]. Follow Route 136 South across Route 6 for two miles to Schoolhouse Road on the left. Take Schoolhouse Road for one mile to Kinnicutt Avenue (right at the fork) and proceed to Frerichs Farm on the right.