Rhode Island man grows giant 1 TON pumpkin to squash the North American record for massive gourds set by his son last year
- Richard Wallace's 2,261.5lbs pumpkin won event in Warren, Rhode Island
- Beat his son Ron, whose gourd tipped the scales at 2,230 last year
- The family says their secret is an organic 'wonder' fertilizer
A Rhode Island man's one ton pumpkin has squashed the North American growing record.
Richard Wallace's 2,261.5-pound gourd beat the record set by his son, Ron, at the same event last year, WJAR-TV reports.
Ron 's pumpkin topped the scales at 2,230 pounds at the Frerichs Farm Pumpkin Weigh Off in the town in 2015.
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Richard Wallace and his wife Catherine stand with his 2,261.5-pound pumpkin he grew in Warren, Rhode Island. He beat the beat the North American giant pumpkin record set by his son, Ron, at the same event last year
The younger was the first person in the world to break the 1-ton barrier when he grew a 2,009-pound pumpkin in 2012.
Ron said last year that his secret is 'a lot of hard work' and what he calls the Wallace organic wonder fertilizer.
Frerichs Farm has hosted the event since 2000.
In a separate contest in Northern California held on Monday, third-grade teacher Cindy Tobeck, 42, won for her giant pumpkin weighing 1,910 pounds.
Tobeck, who lives outside Olympia, Washington, said her pumpkin grew steadily since she planted it in April, spending much of that time in a greenhouse with heated soil. She said the secret to growing giant pumpkins is using the right seed.
In a separate contest in Northern California held on Monday, third-grade teacher Cindy Tobeck, 42, won for her giant pumpkin weighing 1,910 pounds
Hers came from a 2,230-pound pumpkin that won a different contest last year.
Timothy Beeman, a spokesman for the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, said Tobeck beat out more than two dozen other pumpkins from Oregon, Washington and California.
The runner-up weighed 1,723 pounds. Tobeck was shy of the contest record by about 150 pounds.
At $6 a pound, Tobeck will receive nearly $11,500 in prize money.
Jim Sherwood's pumpkin is measured during the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Half Moon Bay, California
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