LOUISVILLE – Prestonsburg grower Dwight Slone is back on top. Slone was awarded first place in the sixth annual Largest Pumpkin Contest at the Kentucky State Fair on Friday. His pumpkin weighed in at 875 pounds during the Kentucky State Fair official weigh-in on the West Hall porch. Slone was the 2013 winner with his 1,034 pound pumpkin and the 2011 runner-up.
Frank Mudd, who hails from Flaherty, won the Largest Watermelon Contest for the second year in a row with his 204 pound melon. Mudd is also the official judge for the Largest Pumpkin Contest and a former pumpkin winner.
The pumpkins and watermelons have been moved to the West Hall for the remainder of the Fair for viewing. The contest is the largest premium of any Kentucky State Fair entry category. The largest pumpkin winner received $500 and the largest watermelon winner received $100. Top four finishers were awarded prize money.
The Kentucky State Fair is an 11-day celebration of the history, heritage and culture of the Bluegrass State. More than 600,000 attend America’s largest indoor fair, which uses over 1.2 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space at the Kentucky Exposition Center. While its roots are in agriculture, the Kentucky State Fair has grown into a trade and public education exposition, as well as a major entertainment venue. The World’s Championship Horse Show, held during the Fair, is the world’s richest and most prestigious Saddlebred show. Attendees and exhibitors contribute over $15.3 million annually in economic impact. The Kentucky State Fair & World’s Championship Horse Show are owned and produced by the Kentucky State Fair Board, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.