World & Nation

All you need to break a world record is a 1-ton pumpkin

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a gourdzilla the size of your car, and it’s worth $15,500.

Topsfield Fair officials in Massachusetts say Ron Wallace of Greene, R.I., has broken a world record for biggest-ever pumpkin with a 2,009-pound abomination that weighs more than most NFL offensive lines.

The fair posted a video of the competition on Facebook featuring numerous thousand-plus whoppers, a few of which tended to be more yellow than orange.

The weighing session for Wallace’s prizewinner featuring a man shouting, “Stay up! Stay up! Stay up! Stay up!” — an apparent reference to a high number on the scale — and then, “Ron Wallace is back!” The man doing the shouting was apparently Ron Wallace: Once the prize was his, he jumped into another man’s arms, repeatedly punched his fist into the air and shouted, “Ron Wallace is back, baby! Yeah! Yeah! I’m back baby!”


According to the Associated Press, Wallace, apparently a regular on the pumpkin-growing circuit, won $5,500 for the first-place prize and $10,000 for being the first to break the elusive 1-ton barrier.

The world’s previous record holder, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was Chris Stevens’ 1,810-pound behemoth, weighed at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Stillwater, Minn., in October 2010.

According to, which has photos of Wallace’s champion, “Ron grew his record ONE TON pumpkin on the 1725 Harp seed and crossed it with the 1409 Miller.”

Here’s a 2009 video of Wallace explaining his growing techniques.


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