Hole Will Make Giant Pumpkin Ineligible for Fair

J.D. Megchelsen thought a pumpkin he grew this year in his Nikiski garden might surpass his Alaska state record pumpkin, which came in at 1,287 pounds in 2011.

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KENAI- J.D. Megchelsen thought a pumpkin he grew this year in his Nikiski garden might surpass his Alaska state record pumpkin, which came in at 1,287 pounds in 2011.
But when a boom truck Monday lifted his latest prize, Megchelsen discovered a fatal flaw: a thumb-size hole on the pumpkin's underside.
Rules require entries free of rot, soft spots and holes.
Megchelsen at one point this summer was feeding the big pumpkin up to 300 gallons of water per day. He estimates it weighs more than 1,400 pounds.
He says the hole is a "bummer" but the pumpkin is clearly ineligible.
Megchelsen says he plans to attend the weigh-in at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer but that he likely won't leave his pumpkin on display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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