1,725-Pound Pumpkin Breaks World Record
With Halloween around the corner, a couple from Ohio has just been awarded top honors in a pumpkin-growing contest with a giant pumpkin weighing in at 1,725 pounds.
Christy Harp, and his husband Nick, of Jackson Township, near Canton, Ohio grew the giant pumpkin on their family farm. Every year, they participate in a private friendly competition - Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers' annual weigh-off in Canfield, and this year Christy took first place. Not only did she win $2,500, but also possibly a Guinness-certified World Record.
"I kind of knew I had a good shot at the world record, but when it hit the scale, it was just happy, I was crying, thought I was gonna pass out,"
According to the contest organizers, Harp's pumpkin topped the Guinness-record 1,689-pound pumpkin grown in 2007 by Joe Jutras of North Scituate, R.I.
Christy said that he has been growing pumpkins since the eighth grade. At one point in August, the gigantic pumpkin was growing 33 pounds a day. To keep the pumpkin growing, she plied the soil with a mix of compost, coffee grounds, and cow manure, but she also stressed that having seeds with good genetics was a critical factor as well. Christy said that she will be giving the seeds from her winning pumpkin to anyone who asks.