These pumpkins I posed with in the fall of 2017 at Old McMarley's Apple Farm on Brimfield in Clinton are pretty damn big. But, they're only about half as big as the new record holder.

There's a new record pumpkin that would make Charlie Brown and the gang from the Peanuts comic strip proud, and it was grown right here in New York State, just a stone's throw from Central New York. The World Pumpkin Weigh-Off happened over the weekend and a farmer outside Buffalo in Clarence Center claimed the top spot.

Karl Haist raked in thousands of dollars in prize money after finishing first at the annual competition, following his second-place finish in the 2017 event. Haist's 2018 gourd tipped the scales at 2,027 pounds, besting his 2017 pumpkin that weighed 1,700 pounds.

The current world record pumpkin was grown in Germany and weighs over 2,600 pounds.

These types of pumpkins are not sugar pumpkins and can't be used for pies, but will be used for compost.


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