The record for the world's heaviest pumpkin appears to have been shattered twice in the past five days.
Yesterday, organizers at the Topsfield Fair in Rhode Island said Ron Wallace of Greene, R.I., had taken the top honors at the fair and broken the world record with a pumpkin weighing in at 2,009 pounds.
But just a few days earlier, on Thursday, a pumpkin grown by Steve Geddes of Boscawen, N.H., weighed in at 1,843.50 pounds at the Deerfield Fair in New Hampshire. Organizers claimed then that Geddes' gourd had broken the world record.
Geddes told WMUR-TV of New Hampshire that his pumpkin was growing by 35 pounds a day by mid-August.
Wallace's massive pumpkin netted him $5,500 for first place and another $10,000 as a bonus for breaking the one-ton mark, the Associated Press reported.
According to Guinness World Records, the record for the world's heaviest pumpkin was set in 2010 by Chris Stevens, who presented a pumpkin that weighed 1,810 pounds, 8 ounces, at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Stillwater, Minn., on Oct. 9, 2010.
The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth - and organization which establishes standards for growth and competition among giant pumpkin growers - recognizes Wallace in first-place in its 2012 weigh-off, with Geddes taking the second spot. The results are unofficial until they are verified by the GPC's steering committee.