HALF MOON BAY, Calif. – A massive pumpkin shattered the United States record for heaviest pumpkin, weighing in at a whopping 2,560 pounds.
The pumpkin, grown by horticulture teacher Travis Gienger, won the annual pumpkin-weighing contest at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival in Northern California on Monday, The Associated Press reported.
Photos from the event show the massive gourd, which was lifted onto a scale with a forklift.
“I always tell people back home, this is like the Super Bowl of pumpkins,” Gienger told KGO, before learning he had won the contest.
Gienger had to drive the pumpkin for 35 hours from his Anoka, Minnesota, home in order to enter the contest, the AP reported.
“You think driving in a snowstorm is bad? Try driving one of these things,” Gienger said.
Gienger has a history of growing massive squash. He won the same contest in Northern California in 2020 with a pumpkin weighing 2,350 pounds, KGO reported.
“This size, I’ve been hitting it with fertilizer 14 times a day, watering quite a bit, but I had a really big plant too,” Gienger told KGO. “Most people don’t understand this was, like, a 2,000 square foot plant that was just a monster.”
The pumpkin breaks the record set Oct. 1 by Scott Andrusz, which also set a New York state record at 2,554 pounds.
The honor of the world’s heaviest pumpkin belongs to Stefano Cutrupi in Italy, who grew a pumpkin weighing 2,702 pounds in 2021, according to Guinness World Records.
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