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Garden Trivia

What is the world record for the heaviest pumpkin?

Read on to see the answer!
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Garden Trivia Answer

According to Guinness World Records, the heaviest pumpkin ever grown was 2,702 lbs 13.9 oz grown in 2021 by Stefano Cutrupi in Italy.  

The heaviest pumpkin grown in North America was 2,560 pounds grown in 2022 by Travis Gienger from Anoka, Minnesota.

Learn how to grow your own giant pumpkin. (Although yours will not likely weigh over a ton!)
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