Minnesota farm breaks Buffalo-area record for heaviest American pumpkin

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MINNESOTA — A pumpkin grown in Minnesota earned the U.S. record on Monday for the heaviest pumpkin, beating the previous record holder from the Buffalo area by six pounds.

The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY set the previous record on October 1 with a 2,554-pound pumpkin. That pumpkin will be on display at the farm through Sunday.

The Erie County farm has a long history of growing record-breaking pumpkins, starting with the first-ever pumpkin over 1,000 pounds in 1996.

A farm in Minnesota surpassed the record after growing a 2,560-pound pumpkin, weighed at the 49th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in California.

The pumpkin, dubbed “Maverick,” was grown by Travis Gienger. He credits his success to a lot of hard work and luck. Gienger won a $23,000 prize.

“Just 180 days of labor, a labor of love, but pretty cool,” he said.

While Minnesota holds the national record, the world record still belongs to Italy. In 2021, an Italian farm grew a 2,703-pound pumpkin.