The first annual Howard Dill Memorial Walk for Liver Health will be hosted at the College Road farm Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. Dill was responsible for developing the record-breaking “Dill’s Atlantic Giant” pumpkin seeds. (Submitted photo)
The Dill Farm is teaming up with the Canadian Liver Foundation to collect money for liver disease research.
The first annual Howard Dill Memorial Walk for Liver Health will be hosted at the College Road farm Oct. 12 at 10 a.m.
Dill, who died in May 2008 from liver cancer, was a four-time world champion grower who developed the record-breaking “Dill’s Atlantic Giant” pumpkin seeds. Pumpkins grown with Dill’s seeds have tipped the scales at weigh-offs far and wide, with some exceeding the 1,000-pound mark.
It seems only fitting that a memorial walk planned in honour of the late Pumpkin King would take participants on a journey through the historic property where his legacy remains alive and well, thanks to family.
“We plan on walking back through our property to Long Pond (Cradle of Hockey) as my dad had a huge passion for hockey (and) up through the trail to King's-Edgehill School. Once we reach King's-Edgehill, folks can overlook our farm and pumpkin fields,” said Diana MacDonald, Dill’s daughter.
“We will then proceed back down to College Road and finish back at the farm.”
Walkers are encouraged to wear orange in honour of Dill. There will, of course, be some pumpkin-inspired refreshments on site.
“After the walk, everyone is encouraged to look around our pumpkin patch, (and) bring their cameras for pictures if they wish. Since it's the first year, we are planning on keeping things simple but hope to make it bigger and better each year,” MacDonald said.
Registration for the rain or shine event begins at 9 a.m., Oct. 12, at 400 College Road. All of the proceeds will be used for liver disease research and education.