Iowa State Fair 2017

Blakesburg Pumpkin Claims 2nd Place Big Pumpkin Title

DES MOINES-The giant pumpkin grown by Dan Boelman of Urbandale bested the competition in the Big Pumpkin contest judged Friday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.

Boelman has been growing pumpkins since 1994. The 758-pound pumpkin collected $1,900 in prize money.

Paul Harrington from Blakesburg claimed second place and $850 with a pumpkin weighing in at 712 lbs.

Dave Miller of Riverside earned third place and $500 with a 393 pound entry.


Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa’s greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. “Nothing Compares” to State Fair Thrills, August 10-20, 2017.