"Smoky Lake, Giant Pumpkin Capital of Alberta" Smoky Lake by Darby2

Smoky Lake Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 33 photos

Pumpkin Capital of Alberta

Every October the town of Smoky Lake hosts the Great White North Pumpkin Festival. In addidtion to the big pumpkins there is also a threshing demonstration with an antique steam tractor. Current local Pumpkin champ for Alberta is John Lobay from Smoky Lake with a 751 pounder. Archie Lingi from Kelowna, BC set a new site record in 2001 with a 903.5 pounder.
However, in 2006, Don Crews of Lloydminster set the new Alberta record with a 1029 pound monster....not only that, he had the grand slam...also the biggest squash and biggest watermelon. During the festival the town's population swells from 1200 to more than 6000!

John Lobay's 751 pounder

1999 saw John smash the Smoky Lake record with this 751 pound pumpkin!

To see the weighoff results for 2001,


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  • Nov 25, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    Thank you very much for the fabulous pics of Alberta, and especially Smoky Lake, and Wetaskiwin. How many times I passed by the Barich Ukrainian Orthodox church on my way to Grandmas.

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    Jan 17, 2009 at 11:04 PM

    Hi, Dave! It must be an amazing festival with all those huge pumpkins...

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2005 at 1:53 PM

    This is a fun page - Happy Easter!

  • roz.van's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2004 at 7:16 AM

    got attracted to this page by the name :o) wouldn't like to see one of those pumpkins in a dark ally!! lol

  • Dumpymotel's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2004 at 8:09 AM

    Damn.. That pumpkin is as big as one of those fat ladies on a Krispy Kreme Donut Calender...

  • jenniferchin's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2003 at 9:28 PM

    oh my GAWDDDDD... those are HUGE !!! :-)

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2003 at 9:22 PM

    Damm, those are big pumpkins.:-) This looks like a real cool festival and I love those old Steam tractors... not sure I'd like to sample those big'uns..:-)

  • BerniShand's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2003 at 2:01 PM

    the pumpkins remind me of parachutes..... great pictures again

  • Renee44's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2003 at 7:55 PM

    Wow! I'm going to make pumpkin soup now... ;p

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2003 at 4:42 AM

    them pumpkins sure are HUGE ;-)))

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