Canadian Farmer Wins California Pumpkin Contest

ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) - A Canadian farmer has won a California
contest with a record-setting 1,536.5-pound pumpkin.

Jake van Kooten of Port Alberni, British Columbia, collected $9,219 in prize money Saturday at the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin & Harvest Festival. That's $6 for every pound of the massive gourd.

Van Kooten said he left Thursday to drive the giant pumpkin down
from Vancouver Island.

A spokesman for the festival, Steve Capps, said Van Kooten's entry set a new California record by one pound. The old record of 1,535.5 pounds was set last year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-04-08 1849EDT

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