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Agriculture Report

Big Weights At Pumpkinfest

By Manny Paiva

Paul Dettweiler, Doug Court and Todd Kline were the big winners at the annual Pumpkinfest in Port Elgin.

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Fertilizer company employee Paul Dettweiler of the Kitchener/Waterloo area came in second on Saturday at Pumpkinfest's international weigh off.

On Sunday, with a different pumpkin, Dettweiler won the regional competition with a 1411.6 pounder, and with it, $1,000.

It was all part of the two day Pumpkinfest event in Port Elgin.

Dettweiler says Mother Nature plays a big part in the success of growing the large entries.

He says this year, everything went heavy but three years ago everything went light.

Port Elgin's Doug Court, who has been competing at Pumpinfest since its inception, carried off the $500 prize for largest squash at 976.4 pounds.

Court says his prize package didn't start growing until the middle of August and at it's peak was gaining 40-pounds a day.

In case you missed it, on Saturday in the international competition, Todd Kline of Shawville, Quebec won the pumpkin division with a 1507.8 pound entry.

He also won the squash contest with a 1279.2 pound entry.

Also on Saturday, Saugeen Shores councillor Taun Frosst won the celebrity pumpkin seed spitting contest.

Pumpkinfest has come to an end and organizers are pleased with the results, despite the threatening weather all weekend long.

However, General Manager of the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce Joanne Robbins says the gates might be down about 5 per cent this year compared to last.

Robbins says when you compute the economic impact to the region of such an event, she estimates it will come in around three-million-dollars.

She says every visitor represents about $70 spent every day.

Robbins says in November, the organizing committee will start work on the next edition of Pumpkinfest.

She says this year over 200 volunteers made the event the success it has been. 


Liberal agriculture critic Wayne Easter says the Canadian Wheat Board has become secretive since the government legislated an end to its monopoly on prairie wheat and barley sales in 2012.

Easter says the board's annual report has turned into a pamphlet and isn't available online anymore.

Easter Wants to know what happened to 349 million dollars the federal government gave to the board in 2012 as a one-time transition payment to help it adapt after the monopoly.

A spokesperson for the Agriculture department says in an email that while the board is required to submit an annual report, "any commercially sensitive information'' is protected by legislation.


The Canadian Wheat Board is building another grain-handling facility in Manitoba as it gears up for privatization.

The board says the new elevator will be able to store 34-thousand tonnes of grain when it begins operating in 2016.


A product called "Garlic, Garlic and More Garlic Chicken Sausage'' may contain more than just garlic.

Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage is recalling the meats due to fears they may have E coli.

The products have only been sold in Alberta.



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