That time of year again; for pumpkins; big, heavy pumpkins.

How about this one at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts? It weighed in at 2294 pounds! That’s more than an automobile weighs and despite Cinderella stories, pumpkins don’t have wheels. Think I’d like to see the process of trucking that gourd to the fair, without it breaking.

How do you grow a pumpkin like that, big enough to provide for pies and lattes for an entire state? With daily watering, fertilizing, pruning, and the big thing, putting plywood underneath, so it won’t rot in the field. Weather is the wild card, too.

Alex Noel of Connecticut grew the champion pumpkin. He’s been trying to set the record in North America for some 18 years. Noel says he’ll sleep better for the first time.

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