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Thu Sep 1, 2016, 01:28 AM

1,469-pound pumpkin broke the Alaska State Fair record

After five years of chasing the Alaska State Fair giant pumpkin record, Anchorage's Dale Marshall finally won the heavyweight title once again.

At the 11th annual state fair pumpkin weigh-off Tuesday, Marshall's 1,469-pound gourd beat the previous record of 1,287 pounds set in 2011 by J. D. Megchelsen of Nikiski.

It was a comeback of sorts for Marshall, who held the record in 2010. Marshall said warm weather and good seed selection led him to victory this year. Grown in a greenhouse at his Sand Lake home, the champion pumpkin weighs roughly as much as a large bull moose.

"I did) pretty much what I do every year," he said. "And it panned out."

Read more: http://www.adn.com/alaska-life/gardening/2016/08/30/check-out-the-1469-pound-pumpkin-that-just-broke-the-alaska-state-fair-record/

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Reply 1,469-pound pumpkin broke the Alaska State Fair record (Original post)
TexasTowelie Sep 2016 OP
Liberal_in_LA Sep 2016 #1
GoDawgs Sep 2016 #2
TexasTowelie Sep 2016 #3
GoDawgs Sep 2016 #5
Sophiegirl Sep 2016 #4

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Sep 1, 2016, 01:42 AM

1. Yuuuge

 

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Sep 1, 2016, 02:29 AM

2. Well, now I know what a Pumpkin Fairy is.

You know, that picture of them lifting the giant gourd, just about has Trump's shade of sickly, pasty orange about perfect.

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Response to GoDawgs (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 1, 2016, 02:38 AM

3. I was about to post an "Oh My Gourd" comment,

but I checked and found out that pumpkins are considered to be in the squash family. The article is interesting because a few years ago the same guy brought a pumpkin weighing over 1,700 pounds to the state fair but was disqualified because it had a a pencil size hole in it.

I bet that Sarah Palin is wondering whether the Russians are using some secret type of radiation to affect the food supply though.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 1, 2016, 02:55 AM

5. I think you'd be fine- pumpkins & squash & gourds are all Cucurbitas

Difference is gourds are too tough for eating. Here in the south we mostly make birdhouses out of them.
Plus this board needs more puns!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Sep 1, 2016, 02:54 AM

4. How do you grow a pumpkin that large?

I mean, my bell peppers turned out the size of a jalapeņo this year.

Cute, but not very useful considering the small yield I got.

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