Human achievement comes in all different shapes and sizes. Some people are amazing athletes, others are publicly adored artists, but only one person can be the official grower of the United States' largest pumpkin. As of Thursday, September 27, that man is Steve Geddes of New Hampshire.
Geddes presented his pumpkin at the Deerfield Fair and won $6,000 for his 2,528-pound pumpkin! Woody Lancaster of The Boston Globe confirmed that Geddes's pumpkin was not only the largest one at the fair that day, but the largest one ever grown in the U.S.! The previous U.S. record was 2,363 pounds, which is impressive in of itself.
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Geddes actually came close to setting the world pumpkin record, but missed the mark by about 100 pounds. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world's heaviest pumpkin was grown by Mathias Willemijns of Belgium in 2016. It weighed a staggering 2,624 pounds, putting Geddes's pumpkin squarely in second place.
Twitter was delighted by the pictures of the massive gourd!
@HenrySwenson @Met_CindyFitz Oh my Gord— David Marshall (@David Marshall) 1538135502.0
@HenrySwenson @Met_CindyFitz Force fed Miracle Grow huh?— Stephen Santangelo (@Stephen Santangelo) 1538249515.0
@kathleenkiely @JucheMane congratulations steve— Pedar Joon (@Pedar Joon) 1538101568.0
What better way to welcome October into our lives than by looking at all these giant pumpkins (with Geddes's taking gold, of course)?
He did it again! My brother’s giant pumpkin wins first place! #puckervillefarms #cookcountyfarmbureau https://t.co/I7IWuMy4v5— Susan Carlson (@Susan Carlson) 1538241350.0
Chillin’ with my dad’s 1237lbs giant pumpkin..! 🎃🍁🍂 https://t.co/cvffbAOf1W— Gab (@Gab) 1538338103.0
It’s Pumpkinfest season! The giant pumpkin weigh-off is underway! @lcnme https://t.co/tR88owR3Eu— Jessica Picard (@Jessica Picard) 1538319684.0
If you didn’t see the giant pumpkin, did you even Fair? Happy New England Harvest Day! #BigEMoments https://t.co/wTRHbkSt8q— The Big E (@The Big E) 1538136001.0
But while many pumpkins deserved commendation, only Geddes's was record-breaking.
A new North American giant pumpkin record was broken tonight @DeerfieldFair in NH! Congratulations Steve Geddes of… https://t.co/ZSrWIpUb54— Charlie Lopresti (@Charlie Lopresti) 1538095982.0
@mashable If it’s not orange, it doesn’t count.— Jeremy Stamper (@Jeremy Stamper) 1538241840.0
@johnrampton Was that grown anywhere near three mile island?— Mitchelle Stephenson (@Mitchelle Stephenson) 1538237772.0
@johnrampton https://t.co/cdsOFReLie— Charles Felix (@Charles Felix) 1538236393.0
The pumpkin was on display for all to see until September 30, at which point the fair ended. Now, one can only imagine Geddes is beginning to eat his lifetime supply of pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin bread.
@mashable So much pumpkin spice latte— Tasos Lazarides (@Tasos Lazarides) 1538242290.0