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Weigh-Off Sees Almost 2,000-Pound Pumpkins, Longest Gourd in US


October 14, 2021

Michael Sell

The top three pumpkins by weight were presented by (left to right) Lee Zappa, Mercer, Pa., 1,610 pounds; Joe Pensyl, Bedford, Pa., 1,576 pounds; and Jay Yohe, Export, Pa., 1,822 pounds.

The Pennsylvania Giant Pumpkin Growers Association held their 26th annual "Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off" on Oct. 2 at Leighty's Farm Market in Newry. The event brought together growers from throughout Pennsylvania and several neighboring states.

Competition classes included pumpkin, squash, long gourd, tomato, watermelon, field pumpkin, bushel gourd, and marrow.

Michael Sell

Yohe also exhibited the longest long gourd, which measured 152.25 inches. At the time of the competition, the long gourd was reported to be the longest on record for the United States and the third longest in the world.


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