The 2018 Wayne County 4-H Pumpkin, Onion, and Potato Roundup was held on Friday October 19th, at 6:00 PM, at the Park Street Complex in Honesdale PA (648 Park Street). A total of 16 4-H members exhibited: 35 pumpkins in 7 different classes, 10 potato entries in 3 different classes, and 4 onion entries.

This year’s Potato and Onion Judge was Professor Emerita Jan-Marie Traynor. The judging criteria for the 4-H Onion entries included: (5) uniform – in-size onions that are free from disease, insect damage, defects, and blemishes. Each onion should also have its green “tops” trimmed to about 1 ½ to 2 inches long, and root hairs should also be trimmed to ½ inch length. The outer layer of the onion should be removed to re-veal the clean bulb underneath for a polished look.

This year we had four entries into the 4-H Onion Round-up and the results are as follows:

Grand Champion 4-H Onions - Michaela Reed (Bethany 4-H Club).

Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Onions Brianna Weist (Pleasant Mount Go-Getters 4-H Club).

Brianna Metschulat (Explorers 4-H Club)- 3rd place- Blue ribbon

Mathew Reed (Bethany 4-H) – 4th place- Blue ribbon

The judging criteria for the 4-H Potato entries included: Potatoes must be entered into one of the three classes of potatoes: red-skinned varieties, white-skinned varieties, or russet-skinned or baking type. Each entry must include (5) uniform—in-size potatoes that are free from disease, insect damage, defects, and blemishes. Potatoes should be cleaned gently using a soft bristle brush after air drying to remove excess soil while keeping the integrity of the skins intact.

This year we had 10 entries into the 4-H Potato Round-up by 5 4-H members, and the results are as follows:

Grand Champion 4-H Potatoes- Karleigh Weist (Explorers 4-H Club)- White skinned variety

Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Potatoes- Brianna Weist (Pleasant Mount Go-Getters 4-H Club) – Red skinned variety.

White-skinned variety potatoes:1st -3rd place- Karleigh Weist (Explorers 4-H Club, Brianna Weist (Pleasant Mount Go-Getters 4-H Club), Brianna Metschulat (Explorers 4-H Club).

Red-skinned variety potatoes: 1st-5th place- Brianna Weist (Pleasant Mount Go-Getters 4-H Club), Karleigh Weist (Explorers 4-H Club, Brianna Metschulat (Explorers 4-H Club), Mathew Reed (Bethany 4-H Club), Michaela Reed (Bethany 4-H Club)

Russet-skinned or baking type potatoes: 1st & 2nd places-Karleigh Weist (Explorers 4-H Club), Brianna Weist (Pleasant Mount Go-Getters 4-H Club).

Three Wayne County Master Gardeners, Mary Fenton, Wanda Eisenhauer and Pat Nelson, served as official Judges for the 2018 Wayne County 4-H Pumpkin Round-up. The judging criteria that they used to judge the different classes of 4-H pumpkins included: pumpkins had to be uniform in size and shape, have uniform “orange color”, have a strong stem or handle, show no insect damage, no bruising and/or cuts and have no obvious skin defects.

This year we had 35 entries into the 4-H Pumpkin Round-up by 16 4-H members, and the results are as follows:

Grand Champion 4-H Pumpkin-Davina Russell (Horselovers 4-H Club) with her miniature pumpkin.

Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Pumpkin -Brianna Weist (Pleasant Mount Go Getters 4-H Club) with her 6 lb. pumpkin.

Class #1 – Miniature Pumpkins and Pumpkins Less Than (1) Pound in Weight – 1st place to 5th place

Davina Russell (Horselovers 4-H Club), Derrick Gibbon (Cherry Ridge 4-H Club), Channing Rutledge (Tri-Gal 4-H Club), Brea Rutledge (Tri-Gal 4-H Club), and Karleigh Weist (Explorers 4-H Club).

Class #2 Pumpkins (1) Pound to (5) Pounds – 1st place to 10th place

Davina Russell (Horselovers 4-H Club), Michaela Reed (Bethany 4-H Club), Derrick Gibbon (Cherry Ridge 4-H Club), Brianna Weist ( Pleasant Mount Go-Getters 4-H Club), Karleigh Weist ( Explorers 4-H Club), Brea Rutledge (Tri-Gal 4-H Club), Channing Rutledge (Tri-Gal 4-H Club), Mathew Reed (Bethany 4-H Club), Kayden Peifer (Explorers 4-H Club), and Leah Kellogg (Pleasant Mount Go-Getters 4-H Club).

Class #3 Pumpkins from (6) Pounds to (10) Pounds – 1st-3rd place

Karleigh Weist (Explorers 4-H Club), Davina Russell (Horselovers 4-H Club), Brianna Metschulat (Explores 4-H Club).

Class #4 Pumpkins – From (11) Pounds to (15) Pounds – 1st-5th place

Channing Rutledge (Tri-Gal 4-H Club), Michaela Reed (Bethany 4-H Club), Brianna Smith (Bethany 4-H Club), Mathew Reed (Bethany 4-H Club), Kayden Peifer (Explorers 4-H Club).

Class #5 – Pumpkins from (16) Pounds to (20) Pounds – 1st-5th place

Holly Kellogg (Pleasant Mount Go-Getters 4-H Club), Karleigh Weist (Explorers 4-H Club), Brianna Weist (Pleasant Mount Go-Getters 4-H Club), Mathew Reed (Bethany 4-H Club), and Channing Rutledge (Tri-Gal 4-H Club).

Class #6 Pumpkins Over (20) Pounds – 1st-5th place

Derrick Gibbon (Cherry Ridge 4-H Club), Brooke Kellogg ( Pleasant Mount Go-Getters 4-H Club), Nick Bonham (Pleasant Mount Go-Getters 4-H Club), Kyle Bonham (Pleasant Mount Go-Getters 4-H Club), and Brea Rutledge (Tri-Gal 4-H Club).

Class #7 – Tall Pumpkins – 1st & 2nd place

Channing Rutledge (Tri-Gal 4-H Club) and Brea Rutledge (Tri-Gal 4-H Club).

The Wayne County Master Gardeners, in addition to serving as judges, also supported the 4-H Pumpkin Round-up by awarding monetary prizes to each Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Pumpkin, Potato, and Onion exhibits.

The 4-H Pumpkin, Onion, and Potato Projects are just a few of the many “4-H Plant Science Projects” offered through the Wayne County 4-H Program. For additional information please contact the Wayne County Extension Office by email at: WayneExt@psu.edu, or, by telephone at: 570-253-5970, extension 4110, or by visiting the Extension Office located at 648 Park Street (Park Street Complex), in Honesdale, PA.