As you know, it’s our pride and joy to create the largest casters on the planet. But we’re not shy about sharing the spotlight with other big and brawny comrades with similar qualifications.
So this Halloween season, it’s more than a little exciting to see a worthy legend emerge in the pumpkin growing arena. It’s the gigantic gourd that won the 50th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California, on October 9. Tipping the scales at a monstrous 2,749 pounds, this world record setter was carefully cultivated by Minnesota horticulture teacher Travis Gienger, who just happens to have won three of the city’s last four giant pumpkin contests. This one is big enough to produce at least 687 pies, apparently. Geiger, who grows his sizable squashes in his backyard pumpkin patch, said he gave this year’s champion a season of extra love, watering and fertilizing it more than usual—up to 12 times a day.
After winning last year, Geinger pumpkin was carved into an of a bald eagle.
"We haven’t heard anything about the subject of this year’s masterpiece, but we would like nominate Mount Rushmore for consideration.