« Last post by phunt on October 05, 2015, 10:12:53 AM »
When we started this hobby over 20 years ago, Port Elgin was the top site in Canada. Boy's have things changed. The stunt of changing the payout without telling anyone is totally unacceptable as far as I'm concerned. Changing it at the last minute really had a lot of our members upset & concerned. I had some contact me at the weigh off & tell me that they wouldn't have even brought a pumpkin & supported the weigh off, if they knew of the reduction of prize money & reducing the payout from top 20 to top 10.
Port Elgin is suppose to be the best & biggest weigh off in Canada, with the top prize payout, but this label is being eroded by some poor decisions & the decrease in prize money available to win. Considering a grower spends @ $100 or more ($30 registration & @ $70 in gas) just to get their pumpkin weighed there. Add that to the thousands of $$ spent through out the season just to grow them & it becomes a somewhat expensive hobby/sport, so any & all the prize money offered is gratefully appreciated. Port Elgin is now going to have to earn some of the growers trust again before some of these guys go to Port Elgin again. Hopefully they will bring back the payouts to their original levels of 2012 for the 2016 season. That would be a start & a big step in the right direction for this event. After all it's called pumpkinfest.
We look forward to seeing if they can & will step up for the 2016 weigh off.
Jane & Phil