Minnesota horticulture teacher Travis Giegner just set a new world record by recently displaying his giant pumpkin in Half Moon Bay, California. He set the record for the heaviest pumpkin.
The massive jack-o-lantern weighed over a ton at 1,247 kg. “I didn’t expect that. It was quite a feeling”, Giegner told HuffPost. He improved the previous world record by more than 20 kg.
Giegner doesn’t have a professional facility where he makes these monstrosities. Instead, he just does it in his backyard. “I did the work so I can put a smile on people’s faces and it’s just so much fun to come out here to see everyone in this town,” he said. he said.
All Giegner does to make his vegetables this big is water them up to 12 times a day and feed them a little more than usual. Sounds easy, actually, but the dedication it takes to make such a beast and then lug it around is probably more than half the battle.