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Spritzler opens investigation of recording breaking pumpkin!

Thomas Spritzler Esq, interim Chairman of the US Doping Agency officially opened an investigation into the recent world record won by Harry Pumpkin. "There's no way this gourd isn't juicing. I'm sick and tired of seeing Anabolic steroids tip the biological playing field so a few bad apples can get their face on the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue."


"Sorry, a few bad gourds. I screwed up. So sue me!"



Pumpkin weighing 2,749 pounds wins contest and sets world record for biggest gourd


Travis Gienger, of Anoka, Minnesota, won the 50th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California, with an enormous, lumpy, orange pumpkin that could produce at least 687 pies.


World record for biggest gourd

A pumpkin called "Michael Jordan," grown by Travis Gienger of Anoka, Minn., is lifted to be weighed at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Monday.


Oct. 10, 2023

By The Associated Press


HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — A Minnesota horticulture teacher set a world record in California on Monday for the heaviest pumpkin after growing a giant jack-o’-lantern gourd weighing 2,749 pounds.


Travis Gienger of Anoka, Minnesota, won the 50th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California, with an enormous, lumpy, orange pumpkin that could produce at least 687 pies.


“I was not expecting that. It was quite the feeling,” said Gienger, 43, who has been growing pumpkins for nearly 30 years and last year set a new U.S. record for growing a giant gourd.


World record for biggest gourd



Travis Gienger, of Anoka, Minn., holds his 2-year-old daughter, Lily, and poses by his pumpkin called "Michael Jordan" after he won the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, Calif.


The previous world record for heaviest pumpkin was set by a grower in Italy who produced a 2,702-pound squash in 2021, according to Guinness World Records.


Gienger grows his gourds in the pumpkin patch in his backyard. He said this year he decided to give his plants extra care, watering them up to 12 times a day and feeding and fertilizing them a bit more than usual.


Gienger, a landscape and horticulture teacher at Anoka Technical College, has been growing pumpkins since he was a teenager, inspired by his father who also grew them. He first competed in Half Moon Bay’s annual weigh-off in 2020 and has won three of the city’s last four giant pumpkin contests.




“I put in the work so that I can put a smile on people’s faces and it’s just so nice coming out here to see everyone in this town,” he said.


The pumpkin champ won a $30,000 prize for growing the biggest pumpkin and setting a world record.


The gargantuan pumpkin will be on display in Half Moon Bay along with the three runner-ups through next weekend when visitors to the city’s Art and Pumpkin Festival will be able to take photos with Gienger and the enormous gourd.




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