Enter the 2021 Alaska Top Crop Contest

Several yellow sunflowers blossom on tall leafy stalks.
Photo by Julie Stricker
Sunflowers blossom at a garden in Two Rivers, near Fairbanks. The 2021 Alaska Top Crop Contest, sponsored by the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center, includes a category for tallest sunflower.

How did your garden grow this year? Were the sunflowers extra tall? The pumpkins super-plump or the string beans more strung out than normal? Or did you find something really, really weird lurking in the cabbage patch?

The Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center wants to see photos of all of the above as part of its second annual Alaska Top Crop Contest. Prizes will be awarded in 11 categories: 

• Tallest tomato plant, sunflower and cornstalk. 
• Biggest tomato, potato and pumpkin, by circumference.
• Longest carrot, corn, bean and pea.
• Weirdest vegetable.

Take a photo of your entries with a measuring tape and email it to tmisaac@alaska.edu. Include the measurement, the town it was grown in and the date you took the picture. Entries will be accepted from Sept. 20 to Oct. 1. 

For more information, visit https://fb.me/e/3WODVIA2Z.