Barrie plants seeds of recognition for pumpkin champ

The hunt is on for pumpkin glory, and the City of Barrie is in on the chase.
Barrie has entered the Compost Council of Canada’s 18th annual Great Pumpkin Growing Contest, entitled Compost’s Giants. The official weigh-in event is this Friday, 10 a.m. at Barrie’s Environmental Centre, 272 Ferndale Drive North.
The pumpkin seeds were germinated by horticulture staff who helped to grow the seedlings. The City’s environmental operations staff and summer students grew the pumpkins using the rich, organic compost at Barrie’s Landfill. 
The heaviest pumpkin in the country will receive bragging rights, $500 towards a horticultural initiative for the municipality and complimentary registration for The Compost Council of Canada’s National Conference.