- Associated Press - Saturday, October 22, 2016

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man took home the top prize in the 110th annual Circleville Pumpkin Show with a gourd that weighed in at a whopping 1,553.5 pounds.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/2enNaMI ) Washington Township’s Cecil Weston was on a mission to beat Bob and Jo Liggett after their 2014 pumpkin broke the festival record he set a year earlier.

While the Liggetts’ record-setting pumpkin still stands as the benchmark at 1,964 pounds, Weston says he’s unsure what to do after beating Bob Liggett - a 12-time champion - “at his best” in 2016.

The Liggetts took second place at this year’s contest with a 1,543.5-pound pumpkin. There’s no hard feelings for Bob Liggett, who says he’s happy to see a new generation of giant-pumpkin growers.

Weston says there’s no greater pastime.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com


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