GPC & NYBG Event
It is with great pleasure the GPC Executive Committee announces an awesome new improved event with the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). For the past 2 years we have had great success with the NYBG bringing the 3 biggest pumpkins in North America to NYC for an expense paid trip, media opportunities, & have their pumpkin professionally carved.
Time to take it to the next level – BIG TIME – this event will now take place in Grand Central Station with what will surely have worldwide media coverage. This will truly be a worldwide event as the GPC has made this event available to all GPC sanctioned sites. That is right if you weigh a pumpkin at a sanctioned GPC site and it is in the top 3 in the world it will be going to this event, HOW AWESOME IS THAT!!!!!
A special thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Extreme Gardening & New York Botanical Garden
Desciption of Event:
- Top 3 pumpkins in the GPC will make the trip to the NYBG, this event is open to all GPC sites & growers world wide.
- 2 people for each pumpkin will get transportation for them & their pumpkin from their residence to the NYBG & back home (sorry pumpkin stays)
- Pumpkin proffesionally carved by Ray Villafane - covered
- Huge media event in Grand Central Station providing alot of face time on National & International network TV.
- 4 nights hotel stay in Manhatten - covered
- All meals for duration of trip - covered.
- All transportation in NYC - covered.
- All site seeing in NYC - covered
- All your seeds proffesionally extracted, dried, & mailed home to you - covered
This trip not only covers up to 6 people for the 3 pumpkins but it now includes 2 representatives from the site of the largest pumpkin!!!! That’s right the site of the biggest pumpkin will get to take part in the event just like the growers with all the same perks. This includes the media event to promote your site plus the following:
1. The GPC will have branding (logo or text mention, depending on space) on the following:
- 4x9” event cards (10,000+)
- Daily Handouts distributed to Garden guests (15,000+)
- Fall Calendar of Events (100,000+)
- Signage at the Grand Central Station event (1mm+)
- Signage at NYBG (250,000+)
- Email blasts about the event – up to five (500,000+)
- Inclusion in social media posts on Facebook and Twitter
In partnership with Xtreme Gardening Products (RTI Industries) we are proud to announce that the biggest going to the NYBG will get thefollowing cash prize:
- Metric ton challenge (2,204 pounds) will add another $1,000 to the top prize for biggest overall.
- Xtreme Gardening Products (RTI Industries) will match the GPC money for biggest overall.
- This means if you are the biggest over 2,204#'s this year you will win $6,000 form the GPC & RTI!!!
*To get RTI prize money you must have used their Xtreme Gardening products*
This amazing opportunity has been made available through the cumulative efforts of the NYBG, RTI, Villifane Studios, & the GPC.
It has evolved to this from the selfless efforts of prior GPC champions & GPC committee members. The fact that all growers & sites have worked as 1 united team makes us an invincible team pushing our beloved sport/hobby into the main stream. Without all of your loyalty, selfless hard work, & vision for the future this would have never been possible & the GPC thanks you!!!!!
- Pumpkins must arrive at the NYBG by no later than 5pm
- Wednesday 10/16/2013.
- If a site will not release a qualifying entry in time to make this deadline we ask that you notify the GPC & your participating growers by the end of the GPC registration period (6/30/2013) so they will have ample notice.
- The GPC will still have sanctioned weigh-offs past the load in date 10/16/2013 but any pumpkin that would have qualified
- will not be eligible for the trip or the prize money associated
- with this event.
- The actual grower does not need to attend this event with
- their pumpkin (pumpkin must go) in order to get the prize
- The GPC will make every effort to get the biggest 3 pumpkins
- to this event, if the 3rd &/or 2nd place pumpkins will push the
- cost over the budget in this agreement we reserve the right
- to pass this to the next biggest fruit that fits into the budget.
- If the largest pumpkin does not attend the NYBG event the grower will not receive GPC or RTI money & prizes. These monies & prizes will only be available to the biggest pumpkin that makes the trip to the NYBG event.
- In order to make arrangements we ask that any pumpkin that would make the top 3 on the last weekend prior to the event 10/11-14/2013 contact the GPC by no later than 6pm EST Tuesday 10/7/2013. If we do not have enough lead time it is very possible qualifying pumpkin(s) could be left out of this opportunity. We respect the growers rights to anonymity but at the same time please understand it is very hard to make arrangements in such short notice.
- The prizes offered by RTI / Xtreme Gardening are only available to growers that have used RTI / Xtreme Gardening Pumpkin Pro or MYKOS mycorrhizal inoculant and other products produced by our company. As mentioned, the prize money is only available to RTI / Xtreme Gardening must be provided exclusive marketing rights in exchange for the prize money. Proof of purchase or a signed and notarized statement declaring that the grower used RTI / Xtreme Gardening products must be provided by the winner.