Dad squashes son’s giant pumpkin record with 2,261-pounder

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WARREN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has squashed a record set by his son by taking first prize in a pumpkin contest with a 2,261.5-pound gourd.

Richard and Catherine Wallace stand with a 2,261.5-pound pumpkin that Richard grew to set the North American giant pumpkin record at the Frerichs Farm Pumpkin Weigh Off. WJAR-TV reported Richard Wallace's pumpkin beat the record set by his son, Ron, at the same event last year. Warren, Rhode Island, October 8, 2016 | Photo by Ron Wallace via AP, St. George News
Richard and Catherine Wallace stand with a 2,261.5-pound pumpkin that Richard grew to set the North American giant pumpkin record at the Frerichs Farm Pumpkin Weigh Off. WJAR-TV reported Richard Wallace’s pumpkin beat the record set by his son, Ron, at the same event last year. Warren, Rhode Island, October 8, 2016 | Photo by Ron Wallace via AP, St. George News

WJAR-TV reports Richard Wallace’s 2,261.5-pound pumpkin beat the North American giant pumpkin record set by his son, Ron, at the same event last year.

Ron Wallace’s pumpkin topped the scales at 2,230 pounds at the Frerichs Farm Pumpkin Weigh Off in Warren in 2015.

Ron Wallace was the first person in the world to break the 1-ton barrier when he grew a 2,009-pound pumpkin in 2012.

The younger Wallace said last year that his secret is “a lot of hard work” and what he calls the Wallace organic wonder fertilizer.

Frerichs Farm has hosted the event since 2000.

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1 Comment

  • .... October 10, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Oh my golly gee whiz that’s an amazingly large pumpkin congratulations. very impressive. These pumpkin weigh ins are a terrific way to spend time with friends and loved ones. It is quite a festive jubilation. job well done

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