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22nd Annual Giant Pumpkin, Dessert, Carving, and local Honey Contest

11/14/2022 @ 9:00 am

This year’s Giant Pumpkin contest was filled with creativity, great pumpkin desserts & honey and pumpkins. Congrats to pumpkin carver winners Daisy Rivera, 2nd place (left), Mary Gavenda, 1st place with her Owl pumpkin carving design (middle), and first-time carver contestant, Joe Gavenda took 3rd place (right). See page 5 for more photos and results.




CCFB Board member, Dan Biernacki (left) gets help from twin brothers Justin and Jarod Kopping, with lifting giant pumpkins for weigh in.


Member and local grower, Glenn Van Milligan took 2nd place in the adult division with a 108 pounder.


Kim Kulton and Pete Soltesz, Cook DuPage Beekeepers Board, had a difficult job of judging the Local Honey Contest.                


Valerie D gets a little help from her dad David, to lift her homegrown 50 lb pumpkin.



CCFB Retired farmer, Alex Wojciechowski takes his dessert judging duties very seriously, eating every last bite of every entry!






22nd Annual Giant Pumpkin, Dessert, Carving, and Local Honey Contests

Winners Circle


Giant Pumpkin Contest


1st Joy Homerding  157lbs

2nd Glenn Van Milligan 108lbs

3rd Marcos Gallegos 75lbs       



1st Landon M  53lbs

2nd Valerie D  50lbs

3rd Amelia D  31lbs


Local Grown Honey Contest

1st   John Rine

2nd Mike Davies/ Morraine Valley Honey Farm

3rd  Kate Swain


Pumpkin Carving Contest

1st    Mary Gavenda

2nd  Daisy Rivera

3rd   Joe Gavenda  


 Pumpkin Dessert Contest

1st    Maricella Rivera Pumpkin Pie

2nd  Donny Carlson Pumpkin Crumble Tart

3rd   Mary Gavenda  Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake


Youth Guess Weight Contest

1st Landon M 0-6yrs

1st Valerie D   7-11yrs

1st Amelia D   12-16yrs

2nd Chloe W   12-16yrs


Thank you to Puckerville Farms in Lemont for hosting the event! Current and past contest photos online at:          

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