Winner of the great pumpkin contest was over 1,500 lbs.

NEVADA–Big pumpkins, small pumpkins, fat pumpkins, tall pumpkins, skinny pumpkins, short pumpkins.

And then there are four feet tall and at least three feet wide pumpkins.

The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, Nevada hosted its annual world pumpkin weigh off Sunday, Sept. 30

First prize takes home $5,000 dollars, and if a person can break the world record, set in Syracuse just a day before, of 2,000 pounds, they win $10,000 dollars.

How do you begin to grow a pumpkin of this size?

 “You have to have the right seeds and a lot of time, it starts in April and we literally cut this thing off last night,” Keith Seitz said. “It’s a lot of water, a lot of fertilizer.”

To grow a competition worthy pumpkin, Seitz says it takes about an hour’s worth of watering every day and fertilizer twice a week.

So what do you do with a giant pumpkin after its done competing?  Make lots of pie?

“I’m really proud of our pumpkin, and every year we carve it into a jack-o-lantern, and I’m just really proud to have it here,” Olivia Seitz said.

Keith said that the pumpkin is so big that to cut it, they use a chainsaw.

First place went to Karl Haist of New York, whose pumpkin weighed 1,505.5 pounds. 

Second place was awarded to Quinn Werner of Saegertown Pennsylvania, whose entry weighed 1,498 pounds.



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