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Pumpkin records exist in both weight and carving. They can be found in the Guiness World Book of Records. Many organizations and festivals are held each fall around Giant Pumpkin weighoffs. More than one person display their expertise and speed at carving pumpkins.
Here are the current records:
Giant Pumpkins (World record) - it's over one ton!!!
A Lot of Pumpkin:
Just how much pumpkin will one vine support? (Keep reading...) Most growers of Atlantic Giants carefully select one or two fruit to keep on the vine. Keeping two on the vine for a time is an insurance policy in case something goes wrong with one of them. Many growers will then select the largest and fastest growing of the two somewhere along the season and cut off the smaller one. The common belief is that the plant will direct all of it's energy towards this one fruit.
To answer the question of how many pounds of pumpkin could grow on one vine, here is an article about someone who grew 2,715 pounds of pumpkin on one plant The site includes a log of growth and activity. Can you top this? Let us know.
Fastest Pumpkin Carver, where speed is the name of the game:
The fastest pumpkin carving ever: On December 14, 2000, Steve Clarke of Havertown, Pa became the fastest pumpkin carver. Steve carved a pumpkin Rosemont High School where he teaches, in a record one minute and 14.8 seconds. In the process, Steve carved 19 seconds off the prior record held by Jerry Ayers of Baltimore, Ohio.
Most pumpkins: Jerry Ayers of Baltimore Ohio is not only fast, he has stamina. In 1999, he set a world record by carving one ton of pumpkins (detailed designs) in seven hours and 11 minutes. Now that's a lot of pumpkins!
For years, the folks in Keene, New Hampshire held and routinely broke this record. In 2006, their record stood at 28,952 lit pumpkins. Yes, the pumpkins must all be lit at the same time in the same place.
On October 26, 2007, Boston Ma. shattered this record with 30,128 lit pumpkins! Rumor has it, they are still "glowing" over this feat. The record was part of a fundraiser for Camp Sunshine, raising over $250,000.
Will the record be broken again? Sure!!!!!
Using an air cannon to propel a pumpkin thousands of feet, is called "Pumpkin Chunkin", or "Pumpkin Chuckin".
The world record stands at 4,483.51 feet. That's over 3/4 of a mile!. A team named "Young Glory II" set this record in 2008 at the annual Pumpkin Chunkin contest in Nassau, DE.
A few years ago, we were working with a pumpkin chucker to further the record. The air cannon is not the problem. The trouble is a pumpkin can not stand up to the G forces involved. Unfortunately, competition rules state that the pumpkin can not be frozen.
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