Sunday 30 April 2017

Pump it up - biggest pumpkin in the US comes in at almost 2,230lb

A judge takes a look under the pumpkin entry, grown by Ron Wallace
A judge takes a look under the pumpkin entry, grown by Ron Wallace
Other competitors watch as the entry grown by Ron Wallace is loaded onto a scale during the giant pumpkin contest weigh-off at the Rochester Fair
Ron Wallace, right, drops the rear gate of a trailer holding one of the giant pumpkins he grew this season prior to the weigh-off
Ron Wallace rests on a giant pumpkin at the pumpkin patch

Ron Wallace has become the rock star of giant pumpkin-growing, breaking the North American record with a 2,230lb monster squash.

He was the first person in the world to break the 2,000lb - 1-ton - barrier when he grew a 2,009lb pumpkin in 2012, and he previously broke the world record in 2006.

Ron Wallace, right, drops the rear gate of a trailer holding one of the giant pumpkins he grew this season prior to the weigh-off
Ron Wallace, right, drops the rear gate of a trailer holding one of the giant pumpkins he grew this season prior to the weigh-off

But his latest record-breaker is the second-biggest pumpkin ever grown and the largest grown worldwide this year.

Country club manager Mr Wallace, of Coventry, Rhode Island, works up to 40 hours a week on his hobby and says it is a year-round effort.

In the world of competitive growing most giant pumpkin growers "aren't taking summer vacations", he notes.

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