Duxbury wins big at Marshfield Fair

Written by Gillian Smith
 | Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:26

Duxbury was well represented at this year’s Marshfield Fair, as horticulturalists of all ages received recognition for their work.

One Duxbury landscaper made quite the impression on fairgoers over the weekend, as he showed off his award-winning pumpkin. Steve Hallowell took the first place prize in the New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off with his 694-pound pumpkin.

Competing against three other growers, Hallowell took home a $500 prize and the title of largest pumpkin. The prize pumpkin was grown from a 1744 Folk and was cross-pollinated with a 1442 Hoomis 

The inspiration for growing large pumpkins came from a trip to Nova Scotia, where he saw oversized pumpkins. Since then, he has participated in many fairs and often dis- plays his large pumpkins on his front lawn.

Success at the Marshfield Fair was not limited to the professional crowd, as Libby Hunt, 10 years old, and Cal- vin Hunt, 9 years old, entered sunflowers in the sunflower contest and each took home a Best in Show award over the weekend. Shannon McGinty, 10 years old, won the award for Tallest Sunflower on Saturday. Her flower stands 10 feet, 9 inches tall and was grown from seed that the Plymouth County 4-H Club distributed to Alden School fourth graders last spring. After the fair, the sunflower was replanted in McGinty’s garden and appeared to be doing well.