Agriculture hall features large and small exhibits

| September 28, 2018

This giant squash raised by Jake Michael Stiteler weighed in at 618 pounds. Beth Scott | Beacon

COSHOCTON – The entries in the giant squash competition are the largest the agriculture hall at the fairgrounds has seen in years.

“We had to move benches to make room for them,” said Debbie Gaumer, who is superintendent of the department of agriculture and granges at the Coshocton County Fair. “They are getting so large that I think we are going to have to start getting them weighed at the Grain Co. Our little scale won’t be able to handle them.”

There are five entries in the competition this year and they range in weight from 266 pounds to 618 pounds.

“The 618 pound one belongs to last year’s champ Jake Michael Stiteler and is named Dave,” Gaumer said.

Stiteler entered the contest with his father and just like last year he edged him out for the biggest squash. The pair worked together last year to turn their prizewinning squash into a giant jack-o-lantern.

At the other end of the agriculture hall is a display for the potato and pumpkin creation classes that were started four years ago.

“It’s growing every year,” Gaumer said. “We have them as young as 3 that want to enter something at the fair just like their brother or sister. It’s something they can work on with their family and show grandma and grandpa.”

The potato and pumpkin creation classes are only open to youth age 18 and under.

“It’s all about encouraging our youth and sparking an interest so they will want to show in the future,” Gaumer said.


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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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