William Grows A Great Pumpkin

4 year old William McGrath took top honours with his pumpkin ! l

The fifth annual pumpkin festival has a winner! it’s 4 year old William McGrath.

The festival sponsored by Rector Machine Works , held Saturday at Bondar Pavilion featured music, food and vendor booths. The Sault Ste. Marie Public Library along with the Algoma’s Farmer’s Market and the City sponsored the fifth annual pumpkin weigh off.  The event also featured contests for best carved pumpkin that participants brought to the festival. Other featured highlights include pumpkin painting by local artist Amanda Turco as well as entertainment by local musician Crystal Creek and face painting from EZ Face Painting

William planted the seed with his Mother, Danica, last May and then transplanted the pumpkin to the garden in June. “We saw so much rain this year, I wasn’t sure it would grow” commented Danica who told SaultOnline.com that William helped with the pumpkin as it got bigger and bigger.

The pumpkin topped the scales at an impressive 224 lbs.

William will likely be able to take the pumpkin to his school for a while says his Mother, or carve it if it turns the more traditional “orange” colour.


Craig Huckerby
Craig Huckerby is a seasoned broadcast and media professional with over 35 years in local media. Starting in television, Craig became known as "the weather guy" on local television before pioneering internet media in the Sault. Craig is credited for bringing local television back to the Sault via the internet in 2003 with LTVNEWS.COM and was instrumental in launching SooNews.ca and Local2.ca. Craig is happy to be part of the Sault's newest media team and website, SaultOnline.com