- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

WARREN, R.I. (AP) - A determined Rhode Island pumpkin grower is showing off another giant gourd.

Ron Wallace of Greene displayed a 2,230.5-pound pumpkin Saturday at the Frerichs (FRAY’-ricks) Farm weigh-off in Warren. Its circumference is 224 inches.

Wallace, a country club manager, has grown similarly impressive pumpkins in the past. His previous world record for heaviest pumpkin was 2,009 pounds in 2012.

And another pumpkin he had grown came in at a slimmer, but still impressive, 1,500 pounds.

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

The giant gourd won’t be carved for Halloween. Wallace said it may go to the New York Botanical Garden.

Since 2000 Frerichs Farm has hosted the Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Grower’s Annual Weigh Off on Columbus Day weekend.


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