- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) - The Circleville Pumpkin Show has a new record for biggest pumpkin.

Bob and Jo Liggett brought a gourd tipping the scales at 1,964 pounds to the weigh-in Wednesday that marks the opening of the annual four-day festival, about 30 miles south of Columbus.

That beat the old record - also held by the Liggetts - by more than 300 pounds. They have now won the crown for biggest pumpkin at the show 12 times.

The weigh-in ran nearly five hours with 38 pumpkins before a crowd of several thousand people downtown. The second-place pumpkin was 1,714 pounds.

The Pumpkin Show is one of Ohio’s oldest and largest festivals, drawing an estimated 400,000 people to the Pickaway County town of about 13,500 residents.

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