1231.5-pound gourd wins Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Giant pumpkin lovers were not disappointed on Tuesday at the Alaska State Fair. North Pole resident David ILES took top honors at the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off with a pumpkin that tipped the scales at 1,231.5 pounds. He collected $1000 for the win.
Iles, who hadn't competed at the fair for several years, said the winning pumpkin was actually the runt of the litter, so to speak. It was the smallest of several that he started out with.
"That one got mistreated," said ILES. "I cut part of that plant out of the way to make room for the other plants cause it looked like they were more promising. They went by the wayside, so it's better than I expected."
Dale Marshall, a long time competitor who holds the state record, brought three pumpkins to the fair. They weighed, 594.5 lbs, 839 pounds and 1,172 pounds. His second place pumpkin was only 59 lbs lighter than the first place finisher but he still took home $500 for his second place win. Marshall, who still holds the record for last year's entry at 1,469 pounds took it in stride.
"That's what it's all about," said Marshall. "The biggest pumpkin wins and he had a great one."
Fair rules only allow contestants to enter a single pumpkin so Marshall's other two pumpkins weren't considered. Instead, third place went to 10-year-old Thomas
Whitmore of Palmer, who's 32 pound pumpkin was enough to take home $250.