LEHI -- Thanksgiving Point in Lehi hosted its annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-in Saturday at the Water Tower Plaza.

Large crowds including pumpkin growers' families were drawn to the activity.

"Oh yeah, I go to Utah State and I had to come down," Sharlie Tanner said. "I wouldn't miss the weigh in."

Her family has a passion for the giant orbs.

"My dad is the pumpkin man," she said.

He also is the former president of the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers, which sponsored the event.

Bright yellow and orange colors and pale pastels to white skins distinguished the mass of giant pumpkins, including one or two that were more than half a ton in weight. They lined the side of the road like sentries.

Set on wood pallets, some were cushioned by carpet remnants, others with bags to keep the humongous orbs from cracking.

Pumpkins were transported by forklift to the scales and four men had to help move the large squash onto the platform to be weighed.

The first pumpkin weighed was grown by 9-year-old Anthony Buckley from Brigham City. His squash weighed in at 202 pounds.

Those pumpkin growers who bested all the pumpkins who had gone before got to sit in the hot seat, a bright orange bean bag, until another pumpkin was weighed in that was heavier than theirs.

There is an elite club called the Half Ton Club for those who aspire to grow a giant pumpkin that weighs in at half a ton. Sharlie Tanner's father, aka the "pumpkin man," says there are four who belong to the club. He is one.

"But after today there might be more people in there," Gordon Tanner said. "In fact, I'm sure of it. There will be at least one to two more."

In 2010, Matt McConkie of Mountain Green set a new record with his 1,169-pound beauty. He grows his giant pumpkins in South Ogden, where he has a security system, including surveillance cameras.

"I've always loved pumpkins when I was a young kid," McConkie said. "I just love to see the looks on people's faces when they see these pumpkins."

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