PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – With October right around the corner, a bunch of pumpkins took center stage in Pulaski County on Saturday, vying to break the state record.
14 pumpkins and their growers took part in the competition at Bear Wallow Farms.
“A lot of people don’t ever get to see that pumpkins or watermelons can be grown this big. They think all that is out there is what is at a pumpkin patch, a typical five to ten pound pumpkin or watermelon,” said Wesley Logsdon.
The pumpkins ranged from 600 to more than a thousand pounds.
Larry and Billy Burton grew up on a farm in Nancy and they’ve both grown state record sized pumpkins before.
After taking a few years off, they decided to join forces and try to break the record together.
“So we teamed up this year and decided we’d grow together. So we grew this one together as a team,” said Larry Burton.
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Weighing in at 1,578 pounds, their pumpkin took first place but fell just short of the state record.
Although the growers look forward to the weigh-off every year, they like to stay competitive.“We have another guy in Pulaski County here. Two brothers that have the state record right now. So we are always competing with them. We ride each other pretty hard, but it’s all in fun,” said Burton.
The winning pumpkin will be at Bear Wallow farms until the end of October.