2016 State Fair of Virginia MEMBER Information

The State Fair of Virginia starts next week (Friday the 23rd), and the VPGA will again have a booth in the Meadow Pavilion with other commodity groups from around the state (beekeepers, tobacco, beef, corn, soybean, Christmas trees, etc), and we’ll be hosting our annual People’s Choice Pumpkin contest.  Please read the specifics below and let’s have 10 or more entries this year!

Also, Dr Allen Straw will be assisting the fair judges again this year with all gourd, pumpkin and winter squash entries in the Hort Crops Pavilion on opening day Friday at 10am.

VPGA People’s Choice Pumpkin contest

Please encourage your youth (kids, grandkids, employees’ kids), 18 and under, to enter their best large Jack-O-Lantern type pumpkin (one entry only) for our 4th Annual VPGA People’s Choice Pumpkin contest where the public casts their vote for the pumpkin they would pick for fall decorating, carving, etc.  There will be prizes for top place contestants.  Please contact me directly so we can arrange for transportation of their pumpkin to the fair, and get their information for later recognition in photos, press releases, etc.

Best way to reach me is via email so I have names, phone numbers, etc to reference later.  Texts are also okay.  You are welcome to call, but many times I can’t answer during the day, so please leave a detailed message so I can get back with you.

**I need all info on these PCP entries by Tuesday the 20th.

Click HERE for the People’s Choice Pumpkin Contest Entry Form

For any questions on the Fair or contest contact Barry B. Robinson at sustainag@gmail.com or call him at 540-230-1695

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2016 Annual Meeting Info

he Virginia Pumpkin Growers Association’s Annual meeting will be held on Saturday, January 30th, 2016

at the Southwest VA Farmers Market in Hillsville, VA

 

Registration begins at 8:30 with the meeting to begin at or around 9:00 am.

A meeting notice is going to be sent out with the numbers to call if you are attending.

Please let us know so we can have the correct count for lunch!

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Members Info: “People’s Choice Pumpkin Contest” at the 2015 Virginia State Fair

20140928_162806Dear VPGA grower members:

We are having our People’s Choice Pumpkin contest at the State Fair of Virginia for the third year in a row beginning Friday the 25th. We are looking for youth entries from our grower members and their employee’s families. Please encourage anyone 18 years or younger to submit one (1) large, Jack-O-Lantern type pumpkin for this contest, with the winner to be chosen by popular vote cast Friday through Sunday at the fair. There is no fee to enter. Winners will be given a plaque and recognition at the winter meeting of the VPGA, along with photos on the association’s website & Facebook page.

To submit an entry, I must have the following information no later than 5pm on Tuesday, 22 Sep: youth’s name, contact info (address, phone number, email), farm affiliation, AND how we can connect to get their pumpkin entry to the fair (I can arrange to pick it up at a convenient location on Wednesday or Thursday, or it can be delivered to the fair in Doswell VA after 1pm on Thursday the 24th to the VPGA booth in the Meadow Pavilion).

If anyone has interest, or has questions, please contact me via email or call my mobile number listed below and leave a message if I don’t answer.

Thank you,
Barry

Barry B Robinson
Sustainable Horticulturist & Agriculture Consultant
Christiansburg Virginia
540-230-1695
SustainAg@gmail.com

2015 Annual Meeting Date is set!

The Virginia Pumpkin Growers Association’s Annual meeting will be held on Saturday, January 31st, 2015

at the Carroll County Governmental Center in Hillsville, VA

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Registration begins at 8:30 with the meeting to begin at 9:00 am.

A meeting notice is going to be sent out with the numbers to call if you are attending.

Please let us know so we can have the correct count for the catered lunch!

 

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LAST CALL for Youth Growers Pumpkins!

DSCF8802This is the last call for youth growers to let me know they will be submitting a large, Jack-O-Lantern type pumpkin for the VPGA’s People’s Choice Pumpkin Award.

I will be traveling to Hillsville area next Wednesday (24 Sep) to pickup pumpkins for the fair contest and the People’s Choice Pumpkin.

I will head to the State Fair on Thursday the 25th and pickup pumpkins along the way.

If you have any questions or want your young grower to submit a pumpkin for this popular vote contest, please contact me by next Tuesday morning, the 23rd.

Thank you,
Barry Robinson
540-230-1695
SustainAg@gmail.com

2014 State Fair Information!

State Fair LOGOState Fair 2014 items:

1) VPGA grower members, their farm family members and their farm employees can enter horticulture crops in the fair’s annual contests at NO CHARGE. See information mailed to you from the association or contact me for details.

2) I can transport these crop entries to the fair on Thursday the 25th, but I will need to talk with you about the best date & time to get them, so see me at the VPGA Summer Tour/Field Day this coming Sunday (7 Sep), or contact me directly before Monday the 22nd.

3) I’d like to display as much grower info as possible at our state fair booth. Therefore send me photos, planning and planting timelines, farm events & contact info, etc. I’ll include it as best as possible. Please get this info to me as soon as possible (by 12 Sep if possible, but definitely by the 19th).

4) We are offering the People’s Choice Pumpkin Award again this year (a public/popular vote; only open to growers age 18 or younger). Let’s have 10 or more entries this year! See the mailing or contact me for more information and how we can get those entries to the fair. Also, look up the photos from last year’s competition under the Photo Gallery link on the VPGA website.

5) If you want to donate pumpkins, gourds or other fall products for our booth’s display, please contact me as soon as you can but definitely by Friday the 19th.

6) If anyone wants to help staff the VPGA booth anytime between Friday, 26 Sep and Sunday, 5 Oct, please get with me to work out timing and parking passes.

Please contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you very much,

Barry Robinson

540-230-1695
SustainAg@gmail.com

Members Only -2014 Summer Tour/Pumpkin Field Day

The Annual VPGA Summer Tour/Field Day will be held on Sunday, September 7th at 3 p.m. This event will take place rain or shineVPGAFieldDayHeader1

Tours will take place at the Brann/King Farm and Sinkland Farm.

Please meet us at the Auburn High School Parking Lot – turn at the Auburn Middle School parking lot, and  look for the association’s banner being displayed there -no later than 3 p.m. so we can proceed to the tour location.

Please RSVP Danny Neel at 276.228.5501 or Allen Straw at 931.261.0973 so that we may have an accurate count for the meal immediately following the tour.

 

2014 Grower Meetings

Grower Meetings  at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market – Wholesale Warehouse

(subject to change without notice)

  • Corn Meeting on Monday- March 31, 2014 at 6:30 pm beginning with a light meal

  • Greens Meeting on Tuesday – April 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm beginning with a light meal

  • Food Safety Meeting – TO BE RESCHEDULED!!!!  Will post new date!

For more information contact Dr. Allen Straw at astraw@vt.edu or (931) 261-0973

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2014 Annual Meeting Set

     The Annual Meeting of the Virginia Pumpkin Growers will be held on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at the Carroll County Governmental Complex in Hillsville, Virginia. **Directions to the Complex BELOW**

     Registration will take place from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. with the meeting to begin at 9:00 a.m. or shortly thereafter.  Members and anyone wanting to become a member will be required to pay their annual dues for 2014 ($50.00) on the day of the annual meeting..  A receipt for payment will be provided.  Please provide us any changes to your address, phone number, or email address so that you will continue to receive future notices and correspondence.

 

       In case of inclement weather please check our website – www.pumpkinva.org or our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/VAPumpkinGrowersAssociation for any cancellation notices.  If you do not have computer access call 276.733.1663.

 

       The meeting agenda will be available at the registration table on the day of the meeting.  Several speakers will be scheduled to discuss various production related issues. 

 

       Immediately following the close of the annual meeting, the Association members will hold a business meeting to select new board members and discuss other Association business.  Remember the business meeting will be for members only. 

 

Please RSVP with the number attending via email to farmersmarket@carrollcountyva.org or pumpkins@pumpkinva.org or you may call the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market office at 276.730.3128 as soon as you receive this letter.  We will need an accurate count for the caterer preparing lunch on the day of the meeting.

 

                If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call the Association at 276.730-3128.

**DIRECTIONS to the Carroll County Governmental Complex**

From I-77 take Exit 14 (Hillsville/Galax).

 

 Turn onto US-221 N / US-58 E / CARROLLTON PIKE towards Hillsville.

 

Continue until you get to the stoplight at the intersection of US 52/US 58 – Main Street.. 

 

Turn Left ontoMain Street (Us 52 North),

go approximately 1/2 mile, turn right on Court Street – straight ahead one block to the

County Complex.

 

Go in the front door of the Complex and take the main elevator to the second floor.

Turn right after you get off the elevator then take your next hall to the right and the Board Room is on the right a little over halfway down the hall.

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Members Only: 2013 Summer Pumpkin Field Day

The VPGA will conduct its Annual Summer Tour/Field Day for members on Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at 3 pm – rain or shine! Dr. Straw will give a presentation, discussion, and tours of the pumpkin variety trials.

 Tours will take place at the Brann/King Farm and Sinkland Farm. Members are asked to meet at the Auburn High School Parking Lot NO LATER THAN 3:00 pm!!! Auburn High School is approximately five miles from I-81/Exit 114 on Route 8 heading towards Floyd.

The Tour/meeting will conclude with a meal at Sinkland Farm.

 Please RSVP Danny Neel at 276.228.5501 or Allen Straw at 931.261.0973 so that we may have an accurate count for the meal immediately following the tour.

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