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980-Pound Pumpkin Breaks Record

San Diego man breaks the county record for heaviest pumpkin

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    Jim Fredricks
    Fredricks and his family carted the massive pumpkin to Peltzer Farm's Pumpkinmania competition.

    A San Diego Man broke the county record for heaviest pumpkin this weekend -- just in time for Halloween festivities.

    Jim Fredricks brought his home-grown gourd to the pumpkin weigh-off at Peltzer Farms and secured first place for biggest pumpkin at 980 pounds. Fredricks named his winning pumpkin “Joshua" and won the $1,000 grand prize.

    The second-place pumpkin was significantly lighter at 829 pounds, giving Fredricks a nearly 150-pound lead.

    Fredricks started growing the pumpkin earlier this summer and took special care of it, covering it with a tarp and using organic provisions to grow it to full size.

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