CIRCLEVILLE (AP) — A pumpkin weighing 1,666 pounds has been crowned the grand champion at an annual contest in central Ohio.
The pumpkin, named “Pearl”, took first place at the Circleville Pumpkin Show, narrowly beating two other pumpkins that also weighed more than 1,600 pounds. There were 24 pumpkins this year.
The Columbus Dispatch reports 26-year-old Rusty Ortman, of the southern Ohio city of Chillicothe, grew the pumpkin. The microbiologist and his family call it Pearl because it looked like an oyster when it was a baby pumpkin.
Ortman won $3,000 and bragging rights. Two of the pumpkins in the contest belonged to record-setting, multiple-year champions.