Do You Have What It Takes to Grow the Largest Pumpkin?

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Do You Have What It Takes to Grow the Largest Pumpkin?
KY State Fair Blue Ribbon Winner

It’s that magnificent time of year again when we get to enjoy all the goodies of the Kentucky State fair and oogle all the interesting eccentrics like the largest pumpkin.

As we wondered over to the contest area, noticeably absent were… the pumpkins! A few bottomed out on the way in and a few others suffered the ill effects of drought in Western Kentucky this year.

But two lucky pumpkins made it out of the patch to set center stage.  The blue ribbon winner, despite getting a nasty bump from a fork lift, weighed in at a whopping 1,074.5 pounds.

Do You Have What It Takes to Grow the Largest Pumpkin?
Blemish on winning pumpkin was due to a run-in with a fork lift. 

When interviewed, the owners of the pumpkin entries said raising their prize winners was a full-time job requiring the right seeds, soil, and total devotion to growing the very best. 

Do You Have What It Takes to Grow the Largest Pumpkin?
Winners with prize. 

If you want to take a try at growing a great big pumpkin, the time to start is now.  Your soil will need to be tested and the ground fertilized for optimal spring seed starting… see you at the fair!

 


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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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    • Jan Lee
    • October 19, 2012
    Reply

    Wow can’t believe that pumpkin got so big. It’s amazing that it didn’t rot out before this, lol

    • Barb W.
    • October 19, 2012
    Reply

    I know, crazy thought, isn’t it? From what I understand they have to care for them 24/7 to make certain they don’t rot or get diseases, fall apart, and so forth. Certainly a lot of effort for a pumpkin!

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