There’s a world Pumpkin Weighing competition, and Italy has won it
What a time to be alive, huh?
First of all, let’s all take a moment to think that the European Pumpkin Weighing Championship is a thing. And apparently Italy has won it.
Stefano Cutrupi, an Italian farmer, has grown the world’s largest pumpkin that actually won him not one, not two, but three awards. First, he narrowly beat a Belgian farmer in an Italian-hosted competition called ‘La Zuccone’, then he took the world record, and then he beat the same farmer again at the European Championship.
The pumpkin in question weighs 1,226 kg (2,703 lbs) and Alessio Ribechini, president of La Zuccone, said growing large pumpkins isn’t easy. “Some may see this as amusing but this can only be achieved with specific genetics, research, crossbreeding, and special agronomic techniques,” said Ribechini.
Pumpkin farmer Mario Vangeel was determined to take the record back to Belgium at the championship in Ludwigsburg, Germany but apparently he lost again - by a margin of 6 kg.
I’m astounded. I’m never gonna look at pumpkins the same way from now on.