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Canadian farmer wins giant pumpkin contest

October 7, 2008  By The Canadian Press


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.

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.


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