A horticulture teacher from Minnesota broke a U.S. record Monday for growing the heaviest pumpkin, weighing a whopping 2,560 pounds!
Anoka, Minnesota resident Travis Gienger set a new weight record and won an annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California.
“It should not happen in Minnesota in midyear,” Gienger said. “Our spring in our parts is terribly difficult. Therefore, winning the Tour de France on a big wheel is comparable to doing it in Minnesota. You can only hope, but it worked.”
To see his hard work pay off at the 49th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco, Gienger drove the gargantuan gourd for 35 hours.
He commented on how difficult it is to drive one of those vehicles in a snowstorm.
A grower in New York set a record last week by raising a massive pumpkin weighing 2,554 pounds. Gienger broke that record this weekend in Northern California, growing his pumpkin weighing 2,560 pounds.
According to Guinness World Records, an Italian grower grew a 2,702-pound squash in 2021.