On Oct. 9, Travis Gienger, a horticulture and landscaping instructor at Anoka Technical College, broke the previous record for the world’s heaviest pumpkin. He broke the world record at the 50th World Pumpkin Weigh-Off Championship in Half Moon Bay, California. Grow a giant pumpkin weighing 1,246.9 kilograms.
According to Guinness World Records (GWR), Gienger named the giant gourd “Michael Jordan.”
GWR shared the news on Instagram. “Travis Gienger demonstrated the heaviest pumpkin at the 50th Annual Safeway World Pumpkin Weigh-In Championship, weighing in at 2,749 pounds (1,246.9 kilograms),” the record-keeping organization wrote. (Also read: Man grows onion weighing more At 8.97 kg. It is heavier than a bowling ball)
Meanwhile, GWR also shared a video where you can see the giant pumpkin being lifted with the help of a crane. When it was put down to be weighed, Ginger jumped with excitement at winning the competition. Several people can also be seen looking at the pumpkin in surprise.
Check out the video of the heaviest pumpkin shared by GWR:
The video was shared on Instagram a few hours ago. Since its release, it has received over a hundred thousand views. The share also received nearly 7,000 likes. Many people even took to the comments section of the video to express their excitement at seeing the giant pumpkin.
Check out what people are saying about this post here:
One person wrote: “This will be the biggest jack-o’-lantern ever.”
A second said: “This is so impressive. How does he grow such a big pumpkin?”
A third post said: “Make it the world’s biggest pumpkin pie.”
A fourth added: “This is incredible.”
Previously, this record was held by Stefano Cutrupi (Italy) from Chiantilada, Tuscany, Italy. Cutrupi broke this record at the 10th edition of the Campionato della Zuccone Pumpkin Festival in 2021. His pumpkin weighed 1,226 kilograms (2,702 pounds 13.9 ounces), making it the first giant pumpkin in the competition to surpass the 2,700-pound mark.