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The Great Pumpkin Challenge of 2023

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Do you have a green thumb?
Think you can grow a BIG GIANT Pumpkin?
Here is your chance!

The Great Pumpkin Challenge invites you to grow the largest pumpkin in Washington County. Largest Pumpkin Trophies will be awarded for each category:

  • Children 17 and under
  • Adults 18 to 61
  • Seniors 62 and up

Trophies will be awarded on October 21, 2023.

Start growing your Great Pumpkin Today. Extra large pumpkins take a long time to grow and will require a lot of water and sunshine. Did you know that a 1,700-pound pumpkin was grown in Cockeysville, MD?

Come on Washington County, let’s show the State of Maryland that we know how to grow GREAT pumpkins. Sign up today. Periodic updates will be posted on Facebook throughout the summer showing the progress of each pumpkin. Pumpkins will be weighed and measured in the October time frame. Pumpkins will be weighed at your location utilizing an industrial scale in late October to determine final weight.

The Trophies for the Great Pumpkin of Washington County, MD Challenge 2023 will be awarded on October 21, 2023 at Antietam Pumpkins located at 4410 Harpers Ferry Road, Sharpsburg, MD.
Get Growing Washington County!

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Washington County Department of Business Development
100 West Washington Street, Suite 1401
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Kelsey Keadle
[email protected]
Phone: (240) 313-2284
Cell: (301) 573-7039

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Liberal Leave is in effective for Washington County Government


Liberal leave is in effect for all non-essential personal on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, until noon. Essential personnel are expected to fulfill their duties as usual.

The starting time for todayโ€™s Board of County Commissioners meeting will be reevaluated at 9:00 am.

For those required to travel, exercise caution on the roadways. If driving is necessary, ensure your vehicle is completely cleared, drive at a reduced speed, practice caution, and avoid crowding or passing plows.
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