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World Record Giant Pumpkins
Up to now, the world record has largely come from the United States ann Canada.... Not any more!
Europe entered the competition with an enormaous thud. Beni Meier of Germany broke the world record in 2014. He brought his 2,323.7 pound giant pumpkin to the European Championship Weigh-off on October 13, 2014.
As we watch the world record fall almost every year, we wonder... who's next and how much will it weigh?
It's over a ton, and no limit is in sight as to how big a pumpkin can grow.
A mammoth congratulations goes out to Tim Mathison. On October 11, 2013, Tim brought his now world record 2032 pound pumpkin to the Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park Weigh-off at Morgan Hill, Ca. Tim grew his record pumpkin on the 2009 Wallace seed and crossed it with the 1554 Mathison. Yes, big genetics begets big.....and even bigger weights!
Compliments: Steve Connolly
Unbelievably, it's over a ton!
We knew someday, someone would grow a giant, make that enormous, one ton pumpkin. With this firm belief, every serious, giant pumpkin grower set out to to be the one to produce the first one ton pumpkin.
We congratulate Ron Wallace, from Greene, Rhode Island on this remarkable accomplishment. The tiny state of Rhode Island looms large in the world of giant pumpkins.
Ron brought his 2009 pound pumpkin to the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, MA on September 28, 2012.
Ron is no newbie in the hobby growing giant pumpkins. In 2006, he broke the the world record. At that time, all it took was a mere 1,502 pounds to break the world record. (see below)
Just how big can pumpkins grow? Who knows... the sky's the limit.
One of the very last giant pumpkin festivals of the year, produced the new 2011 world record!
We congratulate Jim and Kelsey Bryson from Ormstown, Quebec, Canada. They brought their record breaking 1,818.5 pound giant pumpkin to the Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest weigh, on October 15, 2011.
Growing a giant pumpkin to almost a ton in weight, is no small feat. But, every grower believes he or she can break the record. The only question in this hobby is when (not if), the first one ton pumpkin will be recorded.
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Note: This is the first time the world record has come from Canada, since Al Eaton broke the record in 2004 with a 1446 pound pumpkin. (See Al's pumpkin below)
Breaking the world record pumpkin weight has become an annual event. So, it's no surprise to learn that the record was indeed broken again this year. What is a surprise, was the weight, a record smashing 1810.5 pounds!
Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wi. brought his 1810.5 pound pumpkin, to the Stillwater Harvest fest in Stillwater, Minnesota, on October 9, 2010.
Congratulations, Chris. What an awesome achievement!
Did you Know? Most/all the giant pumpkins are Atlantic giant pumpkins. Buy Atlantic giant pumpkin seeds.
The 2009 world record breaker was Christy Harp with a 1,725 pound pumpkin. The new world record beat it by a whopping 85 pounds!
After a one year respite, the annual event of breaking the world record weight for giant pumpkins was renewed.
Christy Harp brought a 1,725 pound pumpkin to the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers (OVGPG) Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Saturday, October 3, 2009.
Cristy's new world record pumpkin, beat the previous record of 1689 pounds in 2007, held by Joe Jutras from North Scituate, Rhode Island.
Oh....... the gentleman in the picture above, is Nick Harp, Christy's proud husband.
Note: Where did the seed that Christy used to break the record come from? It was 2007 Jutras 1385.5 seed.
Up to now, Christy Harp of Jackson Township, Ohio, was known as a teacher. But, now she can teach the world how to grow giant pumpkins. We hope and anticipate that Christy's great accomplishment will help to educate and to propel all growers towards breaking the 2,000 pound barrier.
Congratulations to Christy Harp on this spectacular accomplishment!!
World Record Giant Pumpkin - Fall, 2007
Picture compliments of Steve Connolly, SNGPG
It's no surprise. The world record fell again. And, it did so in a very H-U-G-E way.
Joe Jutras from North Scituate, Rhode Island, brought a 1689 pound pumpkin to the Topsfield Fair GPC weigh-off in Topsfield, Ma. on September 29, 2007. His new world record beat the previous world record by 187 pounds. Last year's world record holder was Ron Wallace with a 1502 pound pumpkin at the Rhode Island Weighoff on October 7, 2006.
What an awesome achievement!
Just how does a grower feel when you break the world record by over 187 pounds!? Just see the picture below of Joe Jutras, the new world record holder.
Picture compliments of Steve Connolly, SNGPG
World Record Giant Pumpkins - Fall, 2006
In what has become an annual event, the world record has fallen once more. And, the 1,5000 pound barrier was broken. The largest pumpkin ever grown is 1,502 pounds. It was grown by Ron Wallace of Greene, Rhode Island. It was weighed in on October 7, 2006 at the Rhode Island Weigh-off.
How happy is a pumpkin grower when he is told that he has produced the largest pumpkin ever grown? Here is Ron's reaction.....
Photos above, compliments of Bart Toftness, Wallingford, Ct
World Record Giant Pumpkin - Fall, 2005
Pictured above, is the 2005 world record pumpkin. It weighed in at 1,469 pounds. It was grown by Larry Checkon of North Cambria, Pennsylvania. It was weighed in on October 1, 2005 at the Pennsylvania Giant Pumpkin Growers Weighoff.
World Record Giant Pumpkins - Fall, 2004
* Picture compliments of Dave McCallum
Pictured above is the 2004 world record pumpkin. Al Eaton grew this 1446 pounder. Al brought this giant pumpkin to the Port Elgin weighoff on Saturday, October 2, 2004:
After growers optimistically tried for years to break the 1,000 pound barrier, the barrier fell twice in the same year. That year was 1996. Each year since then, the record has fallen to an even larger pumpkins.
To see all the pumpkins and growers of 1,100 pound plus pumpkins, visit the 1,100 Pound Club.
If you want to see a comprehensive list of entries by site for the past several years, see GPC Pumpkins by Site
Okay, so you decided to get serious and go for the record. Perhaps you want to start by breaking the record for your state. But, how big is that? Backyard Gardener has the list, current and up to date by state. If you don't see your state, I am sure they would appreciate a note. See Current State Records.
Those who seek mammoth size pumpkins and strive to break the record themselves, use the Atlantic Giant pumpkin seeds exclusively, in their efforts.
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