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Pumpkin weighing 2,749 kilos wins contest and units world report for largest gourd

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HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — A Minnesota horticulture instructor set a world report in California on Monday for the heaviest pumpkin after rising an enormous jack-o’-lantern gourd weighing 2,749 kilos.

Travis Gienger of Anoka, Minnesota, received the fiftieth World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California, with an unlimited, lumpy, orange pumpkin that might produce at the very least 687 pies.

“I used to be not anticipating that. It was fairly the sensation,” stated Gienger, 43, who has been rising pumpkins for practically 30 years and final yr set a brand new U.S. report for rising an enormous gourd.

Travis Gienger of Anoka, Minn., holds his two-year-old daughter Lily and poses by his pumpkin known as “Michael Jordan” after profitable the Safeway fiftieth annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, Calif.Eric Risberg / AP

The earlier world report for heaviest pumpkin was set by a grower in Italy who produced a 2,702-pound squash in 2021, in response to Guinness World Data.

Gienger grows his gourds within the pumpkin patch in his yard. He stated this yr he determined to present his vegetation additional care, watering them as much as 12 instances a day and feeding and fertilizing them a bit greater than common.

Gienger, a panorama and horticulture instructor at Anoka Technical Faculty, has been rising pumpkins since he was an adolescent, impressed by his father who additionally grew them. He first competed in Half Moon Bay’s annual weigh-off in 2020 and has received three of town’s final 4 large pumpkin contests.

World record for biggest gourd
Travis Gienger of Anoka, Minn., reacts after profitable the Safeway fiftieth annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, Calif.Eric Risberg / AP

“I put within the work in order that I can put a smile on folks’s faces and it’s simply so good popping out right here to see everybody on this city,” he stated.

The pumpkin champ received a $30,000 prize for rising the largest pumpkin and setting a world report.

The gargantuan pumpkin can be on show in Half Moon Bay together with the three runner-ups via subsequent weekend when guests to town’s Artwork and Pumpkin Pageant will be capable to take pictures with Gienger and the big gourd.

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