LEHI, Utah—The Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers group has recorded eight pumpkins from the state this year that weighed more than 1,000 pounds (approx. 454 kg), setting a state record.
The first-place pumpkin at the 16th Annual UGPG Thanksgiving Point Weigh-Off event on Sept. 26 in the city of Lehi came in at 1,825 pounds (approx. 828 kg), KSTU-TV reported.
The hefty gourd was grown by local farmer Mohamed Sadiq. It was the largest pumpkin to be grown outside of a greenhouse and the second-largest pumpkin ever grown in Utah, event organizers said.
The event was an official weighing session for the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, an organization that has made giant pumpkin growing a hobby with standards to ensure quality, competition fairness, and education.
The group is hosting a second event at Hee Haw Farms in Pleasant Grove on Oct. 10.