There’s a world Pumpkin Weighing competition, and Italy has won it

What a time to be alive, huh?

7w ago

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.

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Comments (11)

  • Amazing! These guys keep getting bigger and bigger! I've grown big pumpkins (about 200 to 300 pounds) from giant pumpkin stock, just letting them grow in the garden using normal gardening techniques. Growing a monster like Mr. Cutrupi's means a huge amount of daily work: Pruning, fertilizing, guiding the plant so the pumpkin has plenty of room to grow, watering, making sure the developing pumpkin is protected from the sun and from ground rot. He has great reason to be proud!

      1 month ago
  • Nice!

      1 month ago
  • Sounds like an Olympic Event in the making, if they can just figure out how to throw them like a shotput 😜 🎃😆

      1 month ago
    • Google pumpkin chunkin - the folks who participate in that event are pretty obsessive as well. The things we country folk do for entertainment... 😂

        1 month ago
    • Thanks Jeannine !

      Ha, never knew there was such a thing, I've never heard of it and I live in a rural area as well (although we do shoot pumpkins out of a cannon here, it's our tradition out here), I'll definitely check it out on Google 🎉😆👍

        1 month ago
  • 0-0 wow! But how dp they know if I wasn't filled with a syringe and pressure or something?

      1 month ago
    • It happens. The judges look for needle marks. No kidding: "...pretty much the only things that can get a giant pumpkin disqualified are soft spots, holes, or evidence of caulking—signs that a grower may have tried to cheat by injecting...

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        1 month ago
  • This is a lot of cream of pumpkin soup and roasted pumpkin!

      1 month ago