A Rhode Island man has entered the history books, and fattened his wallet a bit, with what might be the biggest pumpkin ever.
The pumpkin weighs in just over one ton, at about 2,009 pounds, according to scales at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts.
Along with the honor of top pumpkin, grower Ron Wallace also earned $5,500 plus a bonus $10,000 for breaking the one-ton mark.
Wallace was so thrilled, he ended up in the arms of his fellow pumpkin growers.
This giant pumpkin is named Freak Two. It came from the seed of Freak One that died on the vine last year at almost 1,800 pounds. The seeds from Freak Two could sell for anywhere from $300 to $1,000 to breed other large pumpkins.
Wallace says growing pumpkins is addictive.
"Put one of these in the ground and get hooked on 40 plus pounds a day for a few weeks at its peak growth. You'll never go back to growing vegetables again."
While it’s first for its weight, Freak Two isn’t the prettiest. Wallace says that’s common.
"It's genetics. They grow at such a quick pace they get distorted."
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