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State Fair Giant Pumpkin Award Goes to John Barenie

August 13, 2012 Leave a comment
State Fair Giant Pumpkin Contest

State Fair Giant Pumpkin Winner. Photo provided by the Indiana State Fair and used with written permission.

By Andy Klotz
Director of Communication
Indiana State Fair

John Barenie from Griffith, Indiana, claimed first place for the second straight year and the third time overall at the 11th annual Indiana State Fair Giant Pumpkin Contest. His prize winning pumpkin tipped the scales at 1,293 pounds to top John Van Hook’s entry by 208 pounds, but fell 15 pounds shy of his own state record set in 2011.

“It feels so great to win again,” Barenie said. “Seasons can be tough so you never what you’re going to get. You can’t take anything for granted.”

Barenie is the only Hoosier to ever win the State Fair competition, something he did last year and in the inaugural contest in 2002.  The Indiana Pumpkin Growers Association awarded Barenie with a $1,000 check and a trophy.

Here is a complete list of all eight entries:

Name Hometown Pumpkin Weight
1. John Barenie Griffith, Ind. 1,293 pounds
2. John Van Hook Somerset, Ky. 1,085 pounds
3. Trent Boyde Cullmon, Ala. 885 pounds
4. David Cantrell Corryton, Tenn. 620 pounds
5. Thomas Gary Indianapolis 609 pounds
6. Jeffrey Young Hamilton County, Ind. 553 pounds
7. Mikkal Hodge Morristown, Ind. 299 pounds
8. Kelly Klinker Woodburn, Ind. 260 pounds

About the Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event celebrating Hoosiers’ spirit and agricultural heritage. Nationally recognized for offering great 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.  The 2012 fair is the “Year of Dairy Cows,” showcasing Indiana Dairy farmers. For more information, please visit