Farmers were battling it out Saturday - to see who has the biggest pumpkin!
Dozens attended the 9th annual Pumpkin Weigh-In at Sam Mazza’s Farm in Colchester.
Contenders came from across Vermont, New York, all of New England and Canada.
Some started their pumpkins back in April.
Farmers say it takes a lot of dedication to get a pumpkin that big.
"With a lot of care, tender love and care,” said Terry Keim, president of the Vermont Giant Pumpkin Growers Association. “People pamper these things, you know. You grow a giant plant, you prune them all off except for one. You pick which pumpkin you want to grow so all the energy of the plant goes into one pumpkin.Give them a lot of water, give em a lot of fertilizer, keep them healthy."
The pumpkins are all used as decorations or fed to pigs when they’re retired from competition.
The winner: Bart Toftness, from Wallingford, Connecticut. His pumpkin weighed 1,350 pounds.
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