For immediate release: Aug 13, 2011
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Hoosier wins fair's Giant Pumpkin contest

INDIANAPOLIS - John Barenie from Griffith, Ind., took top honors at the 10th annual Indiana State Fair Giant Pumpkin Contest sponsored by the Indiana Pumpkin Growers Association.  His grand gourd weighed in at 1,160 pounds to defeat the runner-up by a convincing 152 pounds.  

"I am happy to have won after a tough season," Barenie said. "I have competed in the contest for years and will continue to do so."

The victory makes Barenie a two-time champion of the event, although his last title came in 2002.  He is still the only Hoosier to ever win the competition. For his efforts, Barenie received a $1,000 check and a trophy.  

Here is a complete listing of the competition's eight entries:

NAME                                                HOMETOWN                       PUMPKIN WT.

1. John Barenie                                    Griffith, Ind.                              1,160 pounds

2. Dwight Slone                                    Prestonsburg, Ky.                     1,008 pounds

3. Jeff Zollner                                       Clayton, Ohio                           837 pounds

4. Karl Margarida                                 Dubois County                        827 pounds

5. David Cantrell                                  Knox County                            604 pounds

6. Jeffery Young                                   Hamilton County                       492 pounds

7. Max Miller                                       Jay County                               444 pounds

8. Jason Kramer                                   Dayton, Ohio                            399 pounds



About Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fair is the state's largest multi-day event attracting more than 900,000 people annually.  Nationally recognized for offering the best in entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair has been an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers since 1852.  Admission is $7 in advance, $8 at the gate - kids 5 and younger are free.  For more information, please visit




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