- By Francesca Rilotelli
- Published 11/30/2012
If you usually get a bit of a hankering for some warming pumpkin soup this time of year then you’re in luck – it looks like there is plenty to go around!
Back in October, at Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts a new pumpkin was crowned the biggest example ever, weighing in at a monumental 2,009lbs – 143stones to you and me! The pumpkin grown by Ron Wallace of Green, R.I. is the first pumpkin recorded to date that is over one-ton. “There are millions of people around the world. Giant Pumpkin growing has exploded. It has exploded in and around the early 90’s when the internet really started taking hold,” Wallace told the WPRO Morning News with Tara Granahan and Andrew Gobeil. “This ain’t just a few people in their back yard this is intense.”
The newly crowned world’s largest gourd has topped the previous recorded record coming out of Wisconsin in 2010. That pumpkin was listed in the Guinness Book of World Record as weighing in at 1,810.5 pounds at the Stillwater Harvest Festival in Minnesota. The officially recorded pumpkin was also defeated by a 1,843 pound gourd in New Hampshire on Thursday.
Wallace won $5,500 for having the largest pumpkin at the competition and raked in another $10,000 for breaking the one-ton mark.
A lot goes into giant pumpkin growing, according to Wallace. Sunlight, pruning, nutrients, exact timing and planning are all important factors in giant pumpkin growing. Wallace said if you mess up even one of these factors in the highly competitive hobby it is likely someone will out-grow your pumpkin.
“When you are competing with so many people if you are asleep at the wheel a little bit and you are not hitting on all cylinders someone else is passing you,” said Wallace.
Wallace is not stranger to giant pumpkins and world records. In 2006 Wallace was the first pumpkin grower to surpass the 1,500 pound mark.
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