Anchorage man sets Alaska State Fair record with 2016 pumpkin
Editor's note: This 2016 story was republished this week with other previous Alaska State Fair coverage on KTVA's new website. The 2017 Midnight Sun Great Pumpkin weigh-off will occur Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m.
An Anchorage man has taken top prize for his record-setting pumpkin at the 2016 Alaska State Fair in Palmer. Dale Marshall’s pumpkin tipped the scales at 1,469 pounds, beating the old state record by more than 180 pounds.
Marshall said he’s been pursuing the record for the last five years and had a good feeling about today’s winning entry.
“That pumpkin there is 85 days old and the first 10 days it didn’t do anything,” said Marshall pointing at the huge light orange pumpkin. “So in 75 days it put on almost 1,500 pounds so it’s kind of fun to watch it just expand.”
Marshall’s win was made even sweeter considering the setbacks he’s had in recent years. Last year, a possible record breaker fell from a crane as it was being hoisted from Marshall’s greenhouse and smashed. Another year, a pumpkin that would easily have been a record-breaker was disqualified when a small hole was discovered on the underside.
Marshall’s win nets him $1,000 for the first place pumpkin at the Midnight Sun Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off, plus another $50 for breaking the state record. He’s said he’s ready to take a short break, but he’s also excited to do it again next year.