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A World Record – Not

There was quite a bit of excitement in Rhode Island last week about a grower who was about to set a world record for his giant pumpkin – a beast  estimated to  approach 1700 lbs.  If that was the case, it would be like beating the 4 minute mile by two minutes or more. Weight is estimated by measuring the pumpkin and factoring in it’s density and “family history”. Yes, growers track parents and offspring’s. . My expert pumpkin grower, Al,  has passed on the results of the weigh in.

Not sure if you heard or not – last Saturday in R. I.  a grower thought he was going to break the world record for the giant pumpkin set last year at 1689 pounds but when they lifted his entry with the tractor and sling to set it on the scale it started to leak from the bottom and had to be disqualified…. it weighed 1568 pounds well under last years record.  The grower who set the record last year had one that weighed 1507 and came in 1st place. Al

Can you imagine the heartbreak of being disqualified. So much effort goes into growing giant pumpkins but to have it leak and be disqualified…. the agony of defeat (again).  Be sure to check out the video on our home page describing the growing and floating of Giant Pumpkins. It is like no other race.

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