Grower Hopes for Record-Breaker

In a Santee mobile home park sits what could be the county's largest pumpkin.

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NBCSanDiegoIn a Santee mobile home park sits what could be the largest pumpkin in the county.
In a Santee mobile home park sits what could be the largest pumpkin in the county.
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Lauren Flicker
The Atlantic Giant pumpkin, under a large black tarp in the Mission del Magnolia Mobile Home Park, is now more than 600 pounds.
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Adonay Woldegiorgis
“It’s taller than last year,” Jim Fredricks said while sitting next the giant gourd Friday.
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It’s been growing for about 46 or 48 days. If all goes well, in another two weeks, this pumpkin may be close to last year’s county record of 779 lbs.
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The leaves in the pumpkin patch alone are almost three feet wide.
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Tabitha Enfinger
“You never know until you weigh it,” Fredericks said. “If she keeps growing and weighs heavy, we could be in the 800-pound range.”
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It’ll take about ten men to lift when weighing time comes. They’ll be checking the weight in about another month. Fredricks is hoping to break his own record that he set last year.
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Pumpkins like long, mild days, according to Fredricks. Overhead watering and covering the grow area with a shade cloth are other tricks of the trade.
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Some people think they can tell how large a pumpkin will grow by thumping it, he said. All of the world records come from up north where pumpkins grow bigger.
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“I do it for the sheer fun. Just to see something grow so big,” Fredericks said. “A little tiny seed to over 13 feet around, it just amazes me.”
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