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Ron squashes rivals with 2,230lb record pumpkin

Published 22/10/2015 | 06:41

A judge takes a look under the pumpkin grown by Ron Wallace at the Rochester Fair in New Hampshire (AP)
A judge takes a look under the pumpkin grown by Ron Wallace at the Rochester Fair in New Hampshire (AP)

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

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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.

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