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2021: Largest Pumpkin in the World

Giant pumpkinsThe largest official Pumpkin in the United States and the World

The latest report:

The largest pumpkin in 2019 was 2,517 lbs, grown by Karl and Beverly Haist in Clarence Center, NY.

The leader (at the moment, early September, 2020) is 1,742 lbs growing by Dale Marshall in Anchorage Alaska.

In order to be in the running, you pretty much need to grow a pumpkin that weighs at least 2,000 lbs (900 kg). If you want to grow a huge pumpkin, see this page for tips.  And then see this page for huge pumpkin varieties and where to get the seeds.

Previous years:

  • 2016 - Mathias Willemijns, Belgium, 2,624.6 pounds (1,190.5 kg) So for 8 years in a row, the pumpkins were progressively larger each year!!  So much for the effects of heat, drought and global warming on pumpkins!
  • 2015 broke the previous US records at the annual Harvest Fest in Stillwater, with the prize-winning pumpkin weighing in at 2,185 pounds, on Oct. 10, 2015, grown by Josiah Brandt of Rudolph, Wisconsin. Second place for North America.  2,145-pound pumpkin grown by farmer Gene McMullen from Streator, Illinois. It was the world's third-largest pumpkin, according to the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) officials at the Wine and Harvest Festival in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The current world record holder is still the 2,323-pound pumpkin from Switzerland in 2014.
  • 2014: John Hawkley, with a 2,058 pound pumpkin won the North American title at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival in California,  A close second was Peter and Cindi Glasier of Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park in San Martin, California grew the 2nd heaviest pumpkin ever grown in America at 2036 lbs.  The world champion in 2014 was a 2323.7 pound giant pumpkin  grown by Beni Meier weighed at the European Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in Germany.
  • 2013 broke records:
  • 2012 - Ron Wallace, Rhode Island, 2,009 lb (911 kg) Ron Wallace from Greene, RI, grew a pumpkin that weighed 2,009 pounds, making both the largest pumpkin in history, and also the largest fruit (pumpkins are technically a fruit) ever grown in the world. The pumpkin was weight at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, MA. Despite heavy rains that stunt pumpkin growth,Wallace's pumpkin comes in well beyond the 2005 Guinness World Record mark of 1,469 pounds.
  • The largest pumpkin in 2011 weighed 1,818.5 pounds and was grown by Jim and Kelsey Bryson from Ormstown in Quebec, Canada.
  • 2010 had a record breaker: Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wi. brought his 1810.5 pound pumpkin, to the Stillwater Harvest fest in Stillwater, Minnesota, on October 9, 2010.
  • 2009 was also new World Record 1725 lbs. Fox News Atlanta reports "Christy Harp of Jackson Township, Ohio, holds the new world record with a 1,725-pound pumpkin. She won first place at the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers annual weigh-off Saturday and took home the $2,500 first prize, up from
  • 1669 lbs in 2008.
  • 2007 - Joe Jutras, Rhode island, 1,689 lb (766 kg)
  • 2006 - Ron Wallace, Rhode Island, 1,502 lb (681 kg)
  • 2005 - Larry Checkon, Pennsylvania, 1,469 lb (666 kg)
  • 2004 - Al Eaton, Ontario, 1,446 lb (656 kg) And in 2004 the runner-up was measured on October 11th, 2004 in Half Moon Bay, California at 1229 pounds (about 560 kg).  The owner received $5 per pound for it and the seeds will be sold off!
  • 2003 - Steve Daletas, Oregon, 1,385 lb (628 kg)
  • 2002 - Charlie Houghton, New Hampshire, 1,337.6 lb (607 kg)
  • 2001 - Geneva Emmons, Washington, 1,262 lb (572 kg)
  • 2000 - Dave Stelts, Ohio, 1,140 lb (517 kg)
  • 1999 - Gerry Checkon, Pennsylvania, 1,131 lb (513 kg)
  • 1998 - Gary Burke, Ontario, 1,092 lb (495 kg)
  • 1996 - Nathan and Paula Zehr, New York, 1,061 lb (481 kg)
  • 1994 - Herman Bax, Ontario, 990 lb (449 kg)
  • 1993 - Donald Black, New York, 884 lb (401 kg)
  • 1992 - Joel Holland, Washington, 827 lb (375 kg)
  • 1990 - Ed Gancarz, New Jersey, 816.5 lb (370 kg)
  • 1989 - Gordon Thomson, Ontario, 755 lb (342 kg)
  • 1984 - Norm Gallagher, Washington, 612 lb (276 kg)
  • 1981 - Howard Dill, Nova Scotia, 493.5 lb (224 kg)
  • 1980 - Howard Dill, Nova Scotia, 459 lb (208 kg)
  • 1976 - Edgar Van Wyck, Manitoba, 453 lb (206 kg)
  • 1976 - Bob Ford, Pennsylvania, 451 lb (205 kg)
  • 1904 - William Warnock, Ontario, 403 lb (183 kg)
  • 1900 - William Warnock, Ontario, 400 lb (181 kg)

 

 

Other Country Records

  • Belgium 1,190.5 kilograms (2,625 lb) set 2016, by Mathias Willemijns
  • England 1,103.9 kilograms (2,434 lb) set 2020, by Ian and Stuart Paton
  • Germany 901 kg (1,986 lb) set 2016, by Wuersching
  • South Africa 556 kg (1,226 lb) set 2017, by Hugo le Roux
  • Spain 469 kg (1,034 lb) set 2003, by Carlos Perez

 

 

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