"This is the pumpkin that shouldn't have happened," he told a Longmont Times-Call videographer. "It was my last pumpkin plant put in the ground. It was a sad little plant."
But the sad little plant's progeny was declared the greatest pumpkin among 10 adult competitors at The Flower Bin Garden Center and Nursery's annual Giant Pumpkin Contest on Saturday.
Todd told the Times-Call his pumpkin swelled to more than 1,200 pounds, adding 50 pounds a day at one point, but weather, a slow-growth period and a bout of yellow vine disease put the pumpkin's final weight at the 1,149-pound mark.
Todd owns the current Colorado pumpkin record at 1,308 pounds in 2010.
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