A Minnesota horticulture teacher made headlines on Monday after setting a world report for rising the heaviest pumpkin, the AP reported.
Travis Gienger, 43, from Anoka, Minnesota, claimed victory on the fiftieth World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California, with a colossal gourd, which he named “Michael Jordan,” tipping the scales at 2,749 kilos.
Gienger has been rising pumpkins for almost three a long time and set his first U.S. report for rising a mammoth gourd last year. Nonetheless, he expressed pleasant shock at his successful this 12 months.
“I used to be not anticipating that,” he informed the AP. “It was fairly the sensation.”
Travis Gienger’s big pumpkin being lifted on the Safeway fiftieth annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 9, 2023. Liu Guanguan/China Information Service/VCG | Getty Photographs.
Gienger, a panorama and horticulture teacher at Anoka Technical Faculty, tends to his pumpkin patch in his yard in Minnesota. Nevertheless, this 12 months, he determined to supply his vegetation with additional care, together with frequent watering (as much as 12 occasions a day) and extra beneficiant feeding and fertilization than in years previous, he informed the outlet.
Gienger’s onerous work paid off — he took house a $30,000 prize for rising the biggest (by weight) pumpkin and setting a world report. The colossal pumpkin will stay on exhibit by means of subsequent weekend in Half Moon Bay, alongside the three runners-up.
In second place, Ron Root and Nick Kennedy of Citrus Heights, CA got here in with a 2,497-pound pumpkin, securing a $3,000 prize, based on the pageant’s website. Third place was claimed by Leonardo Urena of Napa, CA, whose 1,893-pound pumpkin earned him $2,500, and fourth was Ruben Frias of American Canyon, CA, with a 1,863-pound pumpkin and $2,000 prize.
Travis Gienger poses along with his successful 2,749-pound pumpkin. Liu Guanguan/China Information Service/VCG | Getty Photographs.