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Old 09-19-2017, 02:27 PM
 
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surprising. I used to keep up with this competition but hadn't checked for years.

come back and the darn Europeans are cleaning our clocks

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Belgium is supposed to specialize in Brussels sprouts, but last autumn a horticulturist there raised a 2,624.6-pound pumpkin, squashing the world record for the heaviest fruit. American growers were dismayed. Pumpkins, after all, are indigenous to the New World. The first European settlers were stunned by the Native Americans’ ample squash crop, which they mistook for melon. Centuries later, pumpkins so impressed newly arrived Irish immigrants that they abandoned the turnips they’d carved into jack-o’-lanterns for All Hallows’ Eve back home. And pumpkins became an American Halloween doorstep classic.

Yet for two out of the last three years, the world’s largest pumpkins have sprung up in Europe. “They’re doing very well, and I tip my hat to them,” says Ron Wallace, a country club manager in Greene, Rhode Island, who was paraded on the shoulders of jubilant pumpkin growers one glorious day in 2006 after his squash became the world’s first to break 1,500 pounds. Today, pumpkin growers are gaining on 3,000 pounds, but the Belgians, Swiss and British are in the lead.

Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World's Biggest Pumpkin? | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian
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Old 09-20-2017, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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We're doomed!
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Old 09-20-2017, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now a Rehoboth Beach Bunny
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We're doomed!
That and the annual Punkin Chunkin is now cancelled it is truly curtains for us.
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:27 PM
 
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That and the annual Punkin Chunkin is now cancelled it is truly curtains for us.
seriously? ah man..

<edit - yeah, looks that way - >


This year's Punkin Chunkin has been canceled due to a pending lawsuit by a woman critically injured during last year's event, according to a Facebook post by the organization Wednesday morning.

Suzanne Dakessian was managing a camera crew for Sharp Entertainment – a group producing a television special for Discovery’s Science Channel – when the trap door of an air cannon exploded off the machine and hit her in the head during the final day of the 2016 event.
Delaware's Punkin Chunkin canceled in light of pending lawsuit
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now a Rehoboth Beach Bunny
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It was cancelled by the lot owner after 2013 due to liability. Finally they reached an agreement and it was to be at Dover Speedway for 2014 until they discovered that the straightaway was under a mile and that was necessary. In 2015 the insurance companies refused to insure them and then in 2016 it went back to Bridgeville where it previously was for several years. Then the accident happened. It was "on" for this year til the law suit.
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Old 10-10-2017, 02:11 PM
 
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biggest US-grown one ever, but still not world's biggest.

Giant pumpkin breaks American record | Local News | smdailyjournal.com
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