Rule number one when visiting Smoky Lake in the fall: embrace pumpkins. Every October on the first Saturday of the month, dozens of pumpkin growers from across Western Canada, and a few hundred spectators, pack the Smoky Lake Agricultural Complex to find out who among them has grown the heaviest pumpkin of the year. The official weigh-in starts at 12:30 pm sharp and continues throughout the afternoon. The Great White North Pumpkin Fair and Weigh-Off started in 1989 as a friendly wager between two brothers but has now become one of Alberta’s most popular growing event. It’s even garnered the attention outside of Canada, recognized as the most northerly sanctioned growing weight event in North America. (Yes, there an international pumpkin growing organization.)
Celebrations include an old-time threshing bee, pumpkin auction, panckake breafast, beer gardens, Show N’ Shine and an evening dance. Don’t leave town before seeing a Mammoet crane drop a giant pumpkin from 150 feet up in the air on top of a car.
To view the full schedule of events on October 5, visit the Smoky Lake Facebook page.