Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Great Pumpkin Scandal of 2011

Alaska is famous for the giant vegetables that grow here.  Each year at the State Fair, the pumpkin weigh-off is a very big deal.  The same with the cabbage weigh-off, but we'll just focus on the pumpkins for now.

A 1723 pound pumpkin (can you say HUGE?) was disqualified because of a tiny hole.  I really don't get this.  Why does a hole disqualify a pumpkin?  This was not adequately explained for me.  I guess pumpkin judging rules are quite severe.

The winning pumpkin was a mere 1287 pounds.  Still pretty unreal looking.  Not at all attractive in the traditional pumpkin sense.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.

This is a photo of a completely different pumpkin, which weighed only 859 pounds.  I must have missed the bigger ones.  How could I??

If this tale really captivates you, you can read the full story here.


Pricilla said...

That's a lot of pie!

cindy shake said...

We saw the story on the news too! Crazy huh?! Maybe they think the farmer/grower filled the giant beast with lead shot through the tiny hole -all 1,000 plus pounds?!

Diane said...

WOW! Disqualified for a tiny hole...I'll bet that grower was disappointed. I can't even image!

ShinyAdornments said...

I saw a photo of the gigantic cabbage on cnn or msnbc. WOW.

What the heck do you do with such a huge pumpkin after its been judged? Can't be good to eat, is it?

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Orion Designs said...

Kristy -- I'm sure those huge pumpkins are NOT good for eating. Maybe they feed them to the pigs?

ShinyAdornments said...

and then they end up as pork chops on a stick? Ahhhhh, the circle of life Simba.