ELKIN, N.C. -- More than 15,000 visitors are expected to crowd the streets of downtown this weekend, as the 15th Annual Pumpkin Festival is kicked off in historic downtown Elkin on Saturday.
At 9 a.m., festival goers will be able to witness as pumpkin growers from the east coast weigh-in under the Hugh Chatham Bridge, hoping to walk away with the honor of being ranked in the top ten of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth.
When Gail Newsom was asked what it takes to grow a giant pumpkin, like the ones being entered in the competition, he said "you gotta have good seeds, good soil and a lot of good luck."
Newsom and his friend, Robert Burchette got lucky this season, after waiting almost 9 years for their hard-work and dedication to pay off.
"Sixteenth of July is when the lil pumpkin started growing -- it was probably the size of a grape," said Burchette.
On Friday, Newsome and Burchette loaded up their estimated 900--pound pumpkin and with the hopes of taking home the first place trophy after Saturday's competition.
For more information about the Pumpkin Festival visit: http://yadkinvalley.org/