August 29, 2014
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.
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