For almost 20 years, the world giant pumpkin record was smashed almost yearly. It was driven by two factors. First, growing techniques were refined and improved. Yet, highly competitive growers still felt compelled to share their knowledge. This is a rare and noble feat in a competitive environment. However, it was one common belief that drove pumpkin weight to such lofty heights. Growers universally believed the record would fall each year. These same growers believed they could be the ones to do it.
The current world record for giant pumpkins is held by a grower in Germany. German grower Mathia Willemijn brought his behemoth pumpkin to the European Weigh Off on October 9, 2016. It weighed and amazing 2,624.6 pounds!
Congratulations to Mathia!
Up to now, the world record has largely come from the United States and Canada…. Not any more!
Europe entered the competition with an enormous 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.
It’s over a ton, and no limit is in sight as to how big a pumpkin can grow. (See picture above)
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!
Absolutely unbelievable! This is the first pumpkin to weigh in at a ton or more! We knew someday, someone would grow a giant, make that enormous, one ton or more 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.
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