Biggest Pumpkin Ever in N. America Hails From Smallest State

2,200-pound monster was grown in Rhode Island
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2015 1:17 PM CDT
Biggest Pumpkin Ever in N. America Hails From Smallest State
Screenshot from WPRI news report.   (WPRI)

Zuckerman's Famous Pig, make way for Ron Wallace's Famous Pumpkin. "Oh my gourd" is the only appropriate reaction to the country club manager's monster entry in a Rhode Island competition over the weekend: The pumpkin weighed in at 2,230.5 pounds, with a circumference of 224 inches, garnering a $3,500 cash prize for Wallace and the honor of the largest pumpkin ever grown in North America and the second-largest gourd in the world, WPRI reports.

"It was just a huge mountain of pumpkin flesh," owner David Frerich of Frerichs Farm, designated as an international weigh station, tells WPRI. "It's a Rhode Island record from the smallest town in the smallest county in the smallest state. So it makes me triply proud of what's happened." Wallace tells the station his winning orb, which will escape the carving knife this Halloween season and may end up at the New York Botanical Garden, was the result of "a lot of hard work" and "Wallace organic wonder fertilizer." (We definitely don't want to use his pumpkin for our lattes.)

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