A New York man has set a new record for the heaviest pumpkin in U.S. history, growing a squash that weighed 2,554 pounds.
The record-breaking feat was recorded Saturday afternoon at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, less than 20 miles east of Buffalo. Scott Andrusz of nearby Williamsville grew the pumpkin in hopes of breaking the New York state record, which was 2,517 pounds, The Buffalo News reported.
The U.S. record had belonged to a New Hampshire man who grew a 2,528-pound pumpkin in 2018, according to The Boston Globe. Andrusz’s winning gourd will be on display at the fall festival through Oct. 16.
While Andrusz has the U.S. record, his pumpkin fell just short of the world record. That belongs to Stefano Cutrupi in the Italian region of Tuscany, who grew a 2,703-pound pumpkin in September 2021, according to Guinness World Records.
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Competitive pumpkins have been gaining weight in recent years. In 2018, twin brothers Ian and Stuart Paton broke the U.K. record for biggest pumpkin at 2,433 pounds.
Contributing: Wyatte Grantham-Philips, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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