Onion contest winner Sherry McGowan (left) shows off her prize-winning onion with Ron Atkins.

The big onion

The onion weigh-in on Saturday, Sept. 14 saw some pretty impressive onions tip the scales in Fort St. James.

The onion weigh-in on Saturday, Sept. 14 saw some pretty impressive onions tip the scales in Fort St. James.

The contest, run by Ron Atkins of Atkins Greenhouse, offered a free onion up to gardeners to then weigh in at the end of the season for the chance to win a gift certificate to the greenhouse next year.

The weighed onions were then donated to the Fort St. James Christian Outreach Kitchen and Food Bank.

The big winner was Sherry McGowan, with a three-pound onion.

When Atkins asked McGowan what she fed the massive onion, she told him horse manure and prayer.

The next closest was Allan Gauthier and Shelly (last name unknown) both with onions weighing in at at two and a half pounds.

The largest onion in the kids category was Payton Schoeder, who grew an 11-ounce onion.