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Canadian farmer wins giant pumpkin contest


October 7, 2008
By The Canadian Press

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giantpumpkinsOctober 6, 2008, Elk Grove, CA – A Canadian farmer has won a California contest with a record-setting 696.95-kilogram pumpkin.

October 6, 2008, Elk Grove, CA – A Canadian farmer has won a California contest with a record-setting 696.95-kilogram pumpkin.

giantpumpkinsJake van Kooten of Port Alberni, B.C., collected $9,219 in prize money at the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin and Harvest Festival.

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The prize was based on the weight of his winning entry.

Van Kooten drove the giant pumpkin down from Vancouver Island to take part in the festival.

A spokesman for the festival, Steve Capps, said Van Kooten’s entry set a new California record by one pound (450 grams).

The old record of 1,535.5 pounds (696.5 kilograms) was set last year.