The World’s Heaviest Pumpkin record was shattered last week. Then, just a few days later, the record fell again.
Organizers at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts have announced that Ron Wallace, a resident of Greene, Rhode Island, took first prize at the fair and established a new record for the World’s Heaviest Pumpkin at 2,009 pounds, ABC News reported.
Just a few days before Greene’s record, a pumpkin grown by Steve Geddes of Boscawen, New Hampshire weighed in at 1,843.50 pounds. The great gourd, which showed up at the Deerfield Fair in New Hampshire, itself was the World’s Heaviest Pumpkin when it was first recorded.
The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, a group that establishes standards for growth and competition among giant pumpkin growers. recognized Wallace in first-place in its 2012 weigh-off with Geddes taking the second spot. The results still need to be verified by the group’s steering committee.
Geddes’ record pumpkin held the top spot for only five days before Wallace’s took over. Though he now has the world’s second heaviest pumpkin, Geddes still has an interesting story to tell. His pumpkin grew at an enormous rate, adding 35 pounds a day by mid-August, WMUR-TV of New Hampshire reported.
The previous Worlds Heaviest Pumpkin came from Chris Stevens, who in 2010 brought a pumpkin that weighed 1,810 pounds to the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Stillwater, Minnesota.
Wallace took home a nice prize for growing the World’s Heaviest Pumpkin, The Associated Press reported. He took $5,500 for winning first prize at the fair plus an extra $10,000 as a bonus for breaking the one-ton mark.