CONNECTICUT (KFDX/KJTL) — These won’t fit on your front steps, and it takes some heavy equipment to move them. The New England giant pumpkin weigh-off at the Topsfield Fair, tops off months of hard work.
And one Connecticut man has set the record for heaviest pumpkin ever at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts.
Alex Noel won the prize of more than $8,000 for growing a pumpkin that weighs over 2,000 lbs. “It’s a great feeling you feel accomplished.”
Contest participant Al Berard has been at 30 of the fair’s 35 weigh-offs. He says the secret is in the seeds and daily nurturing. “Water fertilize, prune.”
Berard says, “One of the tricks to keep your giant pumpkin from rotting is when it’s about this size of roll it onto some plywood to keep it off the ground. Now if you get a lot of rain, then you’re on plywood and it’s much safer than if it’s sitting in the dirt.”
Al, like many of the veteran growers, predicted Alex Noel would win top billing. And at 2294 pounds, he’s this year’s winner, setting a new record
Noel says, “it’s a dream come true. I’ll sleep better tonight than I have in 18 years.”
Our expert Al, might not have won this year, but seeing his friends succeed gives him a giant smile.
The world record for heaviest pumpkin was grown in Belgium in 2016 and weighed 2,624 pounds.
The heaviest pumpkin grown in the U.S. was grown by a New Hampshire man last year. It weighed 2,528 pounds.