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Massive 2,560-pound pumpkin raised by Minnesota gardening teacher breaks American record

A Minnesota gardening teacher set a new American record for heaviest pumpkin on Monday after gaining 2,560 pounds.

Travis Genzer of Anoka, Minnesota, set a new record and won an annual pumpkin-weighting contest in Northern California.

Genzer drove the Garguan Gourd for 35 hours to see his hard work pay off at the 49th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco.

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Anoka, Min. K Travis Genger stands behind his winning pumpkin at the 49th World Championship Pumpkin Weight-Off on October 10, 2022 in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

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Gianger, who won the same competition in Northern California in 2020, broke a record set last week in New York, where a grower picked up a huge pumpkin weighing 2,554 pounds.

A producer in Italy holds the world record for the heaviest pumpkin. According to Guinness World Records, he grew 2,702 pounds of squash in 2021.

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