JEFFERSON COUNTY, COLO. - The state record for a giant pumpkin is 1,478 pounds. There is a group of folks trying to beat that record.
They are part of the Rocky Mountain Giant Vegetable Growers club, founded in 2006 by Gary Grande.
Since that time, the group has gained about 90 members, who, while they are competitors, share secrets about how to grow bigger squash, pumpkins and tomatoes.
“My first pumpkin I grew was 400 pounds then I learned that the world record had been broken at 1446,” Grande said. “And I was like wow…that’s a thousand pounds more than mine and I was pretty proud of that one.”
The world record is now well over 2,000 pounds. That’ll be tough to beat in Colorado.
Yet the RMGVG will keep trying.
“You give up those fishing trips on the weekend…those camping trips because we’re out here babying these pumpkins for a long time until we can get them to the weigh off,” Grande said.
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