Pumpkin records exist in weight, carving and a variety of other records. They can be found in the Guinness World Book of Records.
It is fascinating to see how intense and competitive people are, as they seek to break world records.
Certainly, the great folks in Keene, New Hampshire know how to have a good time. For years they have held an annual pumpkin festival. At the festival, they routinely break the record for the most lit pumpkins.
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. Then, on October 26, 2007, Boston Ma. shattered this record with 30,128 lit pumpkins! The record was part of a fundraiser for Camp Sunshine, raising over $250,000.
Unsurprisingly, Keene, NH recaptured the world record. At the Keene Pumpkin Festival in 2013, they displayed 30,531 pumpkins, all lit and glowing at the same time. Rumor has it, the residents are still “glowing” over this feat.
Will the record be broken again? You can be certain it will. It’s just a matter of when.
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, one grower grew one plant which produced 2,715 pounds of pumpkins. While this may truly is a lot of pumpkin, the world record for a single pumpkin is jest a mere 90 pounds less. Also, we are not certain if it was on the same vine of the plant (a technicality).
You grew a giant pumpkin to several hundred pounds, or perhaps over a ton. The giant pumpkin weigh-offs are over. Halloween is past, too. Now, what are you going to do with this big beast!? Why, you hollow it out, and turn it into a giant pumpkin, of course!!! Pumpkin boats have been sailed in ponds, streams, rivers and lakes. There have even been competitive pumpkin boat races in New York City’s Central Park.
Giant pumpkin growers all over the country have used their giant fruit to make a boat. The first step is to is carve out a wide lid from the top, and scoop out the insides. Next, for a personal touch, use your own creativity and style to decorate it. Pumpkin boasts can be powered by oars, sails or small electric motors. The final step is to hop in and sail the seven seas!
How far do you sail in a pumpkin boat, you ask!? On October 15, 2016, Rick Swenson of Breckenridge, Minnesota sailed his pumpkin boat down the Red River a record 25.5 miles!