Ron squashes rivals with 2,230lb record pumpkin
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.
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.