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1,600-pound pumpkin smashes old Utah record

Published September 24, 2011 8:15 pm
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Left, Matt McConkie, who raised a record-breaking 1,600-pound pumpkin at McQuigley Farms in South Ogden, is hoisted by fellow farmers after shattering his state record — 1,169 pounds — set last year. Center, crews use special rigging and a fork lift to move giant pumpkins at the second annual Harvest Festival held Saturday at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. Kyle Clark, right, of Highland, slices up his 125-pound watermelon during the festival. Several pumpkins that topped the scales in excess of 1,000 pounds dueled for bragging rights to be called Utah's largest pumpkin, but that honor went to McCon­kie, and his 1,600 pound squash. During peak growth of about three weeks, McConkie estimates his pumpkin was growing about 40 pounds a day.






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