RI man wins $15,500 with 1-ton pumpkin

Ron Wallace of Rhode Island celebrates after tipping the scales with his 2009-pound record breaking pumpkin during the New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, Mass Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
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Ron Wallace of Rhode Island celebrates after tipping the scales with his 2009-pound record breaking pumpkin during the New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, Mass Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
Posted Sept. 30, 2012, at 8:47 p.m.

TOPSFIELD, Mass. — Organizers of a fair in northeastern Massachusetts claim a Rhode Island man has set a new world record with the first pumpkin ever to weigh more than a ton.

Leaders of the Topsfield Fair say the huge gourd grown by Ron Wallace of Greene, R.I., tipped the scales at 2,009 pounds on Friday, winning him $5,500 for first place and another $10,000 as a bonus for breaking the one-ton mark.

The Guinness World Record for heaviest pumpkin is 1,810.5 pounds set by Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wis., at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Stillwater, Minn., in October 2010.

A New Hampshire man appeared to break the record on Thursday. Steve Geddes of Boscawen turned in a pumpkin weighing 1,843 pounds at the Deerfield Fair in Deerfield, N.H.

 

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