Tazewell, VA

Tazewell Virginia family achieves their goal of growing the Great Pumpkin for Dollywood

Cheryl E Preston
The Edward's family and Godzilla.Photo byWjhl video screenshot

Virginia family's pumpkin is on display in Dollywood

The Edwards family of Tazewell, Virginia set a goal of growing a pumpkin weighing 1,000 pounds to take to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. On a previous visit, they observed the park’s iconic colossal pumpkins on display and decided to get in on the action.

The Dollywood Harvest Festival is presented each year by Humana, and Great Pumpkin LumiNights. It is presented by Covenant Health and features many pumpkins including the iconic colossal pumpkins. There will be more of the giant gords on display this year than ever before including 8 grown by Eric and Priscilla Edwards and their sons 8-year-old Caden Edwards, 8, and his brother Nolan Edwards.

Dollywood LuminightsPhoto byYoutube screenshot

The Great Pumpkin was achieved

The boys were impressed by the Dollywood pumpkins and asked their parents if they could grow some of their own. Priscilla decided the goal should be a pumpkin of at least 1,000 pounds and a family project began. The Edwards grew 8 large pumpkins including "Godzilla" which weighs 1,048 pounds. smaller.

Kris Houser, the senior operations and events manager at Dollywood, followed the Edward's family's journey as they grew the ginormous gords and said that it was not easy. He detailed special efforts that were needed and pointed out that Godzilla could have been damaged on the drive from Virginia to Tennessee.

Godzilla was half the size of Dollywood's largest pumpkin which weighed in at 2,000 pounds but the Edwards family achieved their personal goal and grew their very own Great Pumpkin. Luminights will take place from September 20 to October 20 after dark and over 12,000 pumpkins will be on display.


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