Oh My Gourd! Horticulture teacher sets new record for heaviest pumpkin

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Photo via Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Facebook page

Minnesota horticulture teacher, Travis Gienger, has just set a new U.S. record for the heaviest pumpkin: a whopping 2,560 pounds!

He says this accomplishment is unique.

“Minnesota has a great midyear, but our spring in our parts is really, really tough. So to do it in Minnesota, it just shouldn’t happen. It’s like winning the Tour de France on a big wheel. You know, you just can only hope, but it worked.”

Gienger drove more than a full day to have his pumpkin weighed at the 49th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in San Francisco. By the way, it cost him more than $1,000 in gas! He also won the same contest in 2020 but also broke a record set recently in New York where a grower raised a massive gourd weighing 2,554 pounds.

According to the Guiness World Records, a grower in Italy holds the record for heaviest gourd at 2,702 pounds.

Story via AP News

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