Anchorage Inn

Coupeville WA

The Nameless Pumpkin

Dave’s Giant Pumpkin

Name the pumpkin and win a FREE night’s stay!

Note: See our latest INNformer newsletter also on the blog for a photo and later update!

Pumpkin #1 – the larger of the 2, was only 4 feet from the root. As it grew, chances are good that it would pull its root out of the ground. Not good.

Pumpkin #2 – the smaller, was 7 feet from the root. So a couple of days ago I snipped off #1 so all nutrients would go to #2.  Here is it’s progress:

the day of the snip it was 13.0 inches in circumference

day 2 it was 15.0

day 3 it was 17.75 and weighed 2.23 lbs.

day 4 (today) 19.50 weighing 3.85 lbs

We’ve got 64 more days till contest on Oct 8th at the Coupeville Farmers Market. He’s about a month behind schedule – long winter and weak summer!

We are opening up to the public the chance to offer us a winning name for this year’s pumpkin. The name that is chosen, those folks will get a FREE night’s stay at the Anchorage Inn B&B, so ask the world to start sending in names!

Your choice of any room (excluding the Crow’s Nest Suite, Discovery and Calista Cottage) at the Anchorage Inn, depending upon availability. Reservation should be made for a visit anytime between Oct 1st, 2011 and May 30th 2012.

Farmer Dave

Note from Sue 8/12/11 – Here is another photo I found of Dave with one of his giant pumpkins.

(Leave your pumpkin name suggestion by Sept 1,  in the Comments section below.)

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August 5, 2011 - Posted by | Dave's Giant Pumpkin

31 Comments »

  1. I think your pumpking should be named “Mighty Hope”

    Comment by Lori Birtley | August 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Lori. Yours is our first submission! Wishing you the best. (Sue)

      Comment by Anchorage Inn | August 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you Lori for offering us a name. If you’re ever on the island, drop by and pay and the pumpkin us a visit.

      Your innkeepers,
      Dave and Dianne

      Comment by Anchorage Inn | August 7, 2011 | Reply

  2. Sue P. sent me to your contest by way of facebook. Great pumpkin saga underway! In honor of the pumpkin’s weight today, I suggest “Tank” because I used to have a big, orange tomcat who weighed 22 lbs. and that was his name. Of course, we hope your Big Orange gets MUCH much bigger than that!

    Thanks for letting me play your name-the-pumpkin contest :^) Sue raves about staying with you!

    Comment by Katie Rhodes | August 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Our pleasure to have you as an entrant! Maybe someday you can visit the pumpkin or the inn. Your innkeepers, Dave and Dianne

      Comment by Anchorage Inn | August 7, 2011 | Reply

  3. Sue P. sent me the info as well – she is an excellent PR person for your Inn. :0) The name that jumped into my head for your pumpkin is “Pumkinstilskin”. I know, it’s a mouthful – but I like it! ~Robin

    Comment by Robin Castiglione | August 7, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks Robin! I must say it’s unique and is now on our list for consideration. We’re glad you’re participating.

      Your innkeepers,
      Dave and Dianne

      Comment by Anchorage Inn | August 7, 2011 | Reply

    • Cute one, Robin! :) Farmer Dave has it on his list. :) And thanks for the “plug” ha. (Sue)

      Comment by Anchorage Inn | August 7, 2011 | Reply

  4. Can you post an updated photo of your pumpkin to give us some inspiration? :)

    Comment by Rose | August 9, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Rose. I will see if “Farmer Dave” has an updated photo! (Sue)

      Comment by Anchorage Inn | August 10, 2011 | Reply

    • It’s not much bigger than what we already have on the blog. it might be approaching twice that size in a day or two, if we could get some sun.
      Dave

      Comment by Anchorage Inn | August 10, 2011 | Reply

  5. I’ve never grown a giant pumpkin. Does it help to set up reflectors around it to increase the light and (maybe) warmth it gets? Just curious.

    Comment by Katie Rhodes | August 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Good comment, Katie. I am interested to see what Dave has to say.
      Sue

      Comment by Anchorage Inn | August 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Reflectors do help as well as possibly a mini green house of some sort. Just be careful not to burn it. Allow some air to flow under a plastic green house etc. Check this out for additional tips. Good Luck http://www.bigpumpkins.com/
      Dave

      Comment by Anchorage Inn | August 10, 2011 | Reply

  6. Cinderella’s Dream

    Comment by Cherie Poyner | August 12, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks Cherie! Now that is an interesting name. We’ll be glad to enter it into competition.

      D&D’s B&B for R&R

      Comment by Dave | August 12, 2011 | Reply

  7. Can a pumpkin have a girl’s name? I suggest “Polly.”

    Comment by Linda Graham | August 12, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks Linda! Now that’s a fun name. We’ll be glad to enter it into competition.

      D&D’s B&B for R&R

      Comment by Dave | August 12, 2011 | Reply

  8. I do believe the name should be Fred, as in Fred Flinstone!

    Comment by Brian K. Johnson | August 12, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks Brian! Although Barney might be jealous, we’ll be glad to enter it into competition.

      D&D’s B&B for R&R

      Comment by Dave | August 12, 2011 | Reply

  9. I believe a great name would be Fred, as in Fred Flinstone!

    Comment by Brian K. Johnson | August 12, 2011 | Reply

  10. Wow, thanks for all the great suggestions. Linda, yes, the pumpkin have either a girl’s or a boy’s name. In fact, Dave’s big winner for 2006 was named BrookLynn, after his first grandchild. You can see a photo of Dave and BrookLynn on the website at http://www.anchorage-inn.com. Click on “Giant Pumpkin.”

    I am planning to get us a new photo of Dave’s new pumpkin this weekend. The sun is actually shining today so grow, pumpkin, grow!

    (Sue)

    Comment by Anchorage Inn | August 12, 2011 | Reply

  11. Gertrude. Maybe Bertha. Something substantial and weighty. I had a Grandmother named Bertha, so I’ll stick with that. Big Bertha!

    Comment by Wendy Medlock | August 12, 2011 | Reply

  12. Sue P. also cued us: “PumpZilla”

    Comment by Anonymous | August 12, 2011 | Reply

  13. Forgot to put our names with “PumpZilla”

    Comment by Rob and Sandy | August 12, 2011 | Reply

  14. Great suggestions, Wendy, Rob & Sandy. Dave will add them to his list. I am a bit of a walking advertisement for the Inn, huh? :) They deserve it!! (Sue)

    Comment by Anchorage Inn | August 12, 2011 | Reply

  15. How about Lumpkin the Pumpkin?

    Comment by Leslie Morse Timper | August 15, 2011 | Reply

    • Ha, that is a cute one, Leslie! Dave has it on his list. (Sue)

      Comment by Anchorage Inn | August 15, 2011 | Reply

    • Great suggestion! We’ll enter it in the running. Thanks for your participation.

      Your innkeepers,
      Dave and Dianne

      Comment by Dave | August 15, 2011 | Reply

  16. I’m suggesting “Orange Crush”. Looks like a big one! Way to grow ‘em Farmer Dave.

    Comment by Paula | August 31, 2011 | Reply

  17. Cute one, Paula! Farmer Dave will get it on his list (Sue)

    Comment by Anchorage Inn | September 1, 2011 | Reply


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