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Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off a HUGE Success

Posted on October 1, 2017

Scott Armstrong Hicks Nurseries' Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off Winner 2017


Today was an amazing day at Hicks Nurseries! 13 GIANT pumpkin growers competed for prizes and bragging rights at the nurseries’ 15th annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off in Westbury.

The competition brought entries from all over Long Island including the towns of East Northport, Northport, Commack, Huntington, Dix Hills, Mill Neck and Hicksville.

Scott Armstrong Hicks Nurseries' Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off Winner 2017 “It takes 5 ½ months from seed to weigh off day to grow a pumpkin,” said Scott Armstrong, winner of today’s competition with a 1,623 pound pumpkin. His goal for next year? “To better my personal best is always the goal!”

Nels Freund Nelson Second Place Winner Hicks Nurseries Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off 2017Second place winner Nels Freund-Nelson grew a 516 lb. pumpkin. He favors Atlantic Giant pumpkin seeds and grows his pumpkins 100% organically. “These pumpkins do not taste like our traditional American pumpkin, they taste more like a zucchini. I make everything out of them – giant pumpkin parmesan, pumpkin bread, everything you can make with a zucchini I make with these.”

Frankie Rasizzi Third Place Winner Hicks Nurseries Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off 2017Our youngest pumpkin grower of the day was Frankie Rasizzi, who won third place with a 464 pounder. A member of his schools garden club, Frankie learned a lot about how to grow pumpkins from his earth science teacher Mr. Boyd last year and decided to try growing on his own at home this year.




Honorable mentions to all of our Giant Pumpkin growers including:

Dennis of Huntington’s 455 pound Pumpkin At Hicks Nurseries Pumpkin Weigh Off in Westbury NY

Dennis of Huntington’s 455 lb. pumpkin.

David deNeergaard of Dix Hills Giant Pumpkin Grower Hicks Nurseries Westbury NY

David deNeergaard’s 455 lb. pumpkin.

David deNeergaard Senior of East Northport Giant Pumpkin Grower Hicks Nurseries Westbury NY

David deNeergaard Sr. grew a 337 lb. pumpkin as well as a 316 lb. pumpkin.








Robert Sabin of Mill Neck Giant Pumpkin Contest Hicks Nurseries Long Island NY

Robert Sabin’s 414 lb. pumpkin.

Bob Durnack of Hicksville at Hicks Nurseries Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off Westbury NY

Bob Durnack’s 83 lb. pumpkin.


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“I would like to commend you on the wonderful staff you have. A garden center should be a happy place. Everyone at Hicks had a smile and a pleasant word and I will continue to come back year after year.” Joan H.


“I just got home from a trip to Hicks Nursery. I was in awe of how many varieties of tomatoes are there! Actually, there is a huge selection of everything!! One stop shopping at its best!”  -Cathy A.


“Thank you for carrying such a large selection of organic herbs. I got behind in some of my seeds and really focus on an all organic garden. I was pleasantly surprised today by how big the selection was in all herbs. Got all the herbs I wanted.”  –Sophie L


“I love Hick’s for all the beautiful flower’s I plant in our yard every Spring. They have great quality and friendly service.”  – Erika M.


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“You get everything right, knowledgeable & friendly staff, great quality plants, the gorgeous flower show, Otto and Santa.” –Pat B.


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“Beautiful! We’ve been twice and will visit again. The show is always a LI spring highlight – great work! BTW, love the new landscape design center more visible and accessible – had a great consultation!”          – Jacqueline S.


“I so enjoy going to Hicks. It is a beautiful place and I feel refreshed when I leave there. Hicks offers so much more besides flowers. I usually meet old friends there every time I go.” –Anne D.


“You have a great selection of plants, some of which I have never seen!! The blue orchids are out of this world!!” – Rae K.