Though world records for giant pumpkins date back to 1900,
they didn’t surpass a thousand pounds until 1996. Below are
current and previous years record holders.
2016 - 2,145 Pounds!
Talk about a ton of Halloween fun! Biggest pumpkin weighing in
at over 2000 pounds crushes North American record This years largest
and heaviest pumpkin weighed in at an incredible 2,145.5 pounds and
has toppled the North American record at this years Wisconsin
festival. The giant pumpkin was grown by Gene McMullen from
The previous record
was 2,058 pounds. Despite the major achievement, McMullen remained
humble about his prize-winning pumpkin. "I don't do anything
different than any other growers do," he told the Associated Press,
crediting “dumb luck” to this giant's success story. At last years
event, McMullen’s entry came in at a modest 1,600 pounds.
2014 - 2,096 Pounds
Mainz, Germany - A Swiss gardener has grown the world’s
heaviest pumpkin, and it weighs almost as much as a small
car. Beni Meier, 30, had to use a special vehicle to
transport the fruit, which tipped the scales at 2,096.6 lbs.
An official from the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth association
was at the weighing, which broke a world record previously
held by California couple Tim and Susan Mathison.
"We were told
that lots of watering and daily care was necessary,” said
Maika Ziehl, a spokeswoman for the farm where the
competition was held. The pumpkin will remain on display in
Klaistow, Germany, until it is "slaughtered" on November 2.
"We will probably make a good soup out of the pumpkin,"
added Ziehl, who said that its seeds would be in high demand
and probably auctioned off.
|October 2013 - 2,032
We were pretty impressed last year when Ron Wallace of Rhode Island
grew a pumpkin weighing an astounding 2,009 pounds. But little did
we know, this year would bring a new champ for the title of world's
According to a
press release by the New York Botanical Garden, Tim and Susan
Mathison from California have grown a squash that weighs 2,032 pounds! It took the Mathinsons 105 days for
this baby to blossom into its extreme size. This giant pumpkinwill
be on display from October 19 through October 31 at the New York
October 2011 - 1818 pounds
World record set by Jim Bryson
Location: Quebec, Canada
Congratulations to Jim Bryson
and his twelve year-old daughter, Kelsey, showing off their
world-record pumpkin weighing in at an incredible 1,818
pounds. Weighing nearly a ton, this is the largest pumpkin
Bryson, who only started growing
pumpkins four years ago, say's that he never thought he had
a chance at setting a world record.
October 2010 - 1,810.5
World record set by Chris Stevens
New Richmond, Wisconsin
Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wisconsin has grown a
massive pumpkin that tips the scales at 1,810.5 pounds, setting the 2011
world record for the worlds largest pumpkin.
Seen here displayed at
October 2009 - 1,725
World record set by Christy Harp
Jackson Township, Ohio
The 2009 world record breaker was Christy Harp with a 1,725 pound pumpkin.
The new world record beat it by a whopping 85 pounds!
Christy Harp brought a 1,725 pound pumpkin to the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin
Growers Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 3, 2009.
October 2007 - 1689
World record set by Joe Jutras
North Scituate, Rhode Island
Joe Jutras from North Scituate, Rhode Island, brought
in a 1689 pound
His new world record beat the previous world
record by 187 pounds. Last year's world record holder was Ron
Wallace with a 1502 pound pumpkin.
October 2006 - 1,502
World record set by Ron Wallace
Greene, Rhode Island
In what has become an annual event, the
world record has fallen once more. And, the 1,500 pound barrier was
broken. The largest pumpkin ever grown is 1,502 pounds. It was grown
by Ron Wallace of Greene, Rhode Island. It was weighed in on October
7, 2006 at the Rhode Island Weigh-off.
How happy is a pumpkin grower when he is told that he has produced
the largest pumpkin ever grown? Here is Ron's reaction.....
October 2005 - 1469
World record set by Larry Checkon
North Cambria, Pennsylvania
Pictured above, is the 2005 world record
pumpkin. It weighed in at 1,469 pounds. It was grown by Larry
Checkon of North Cambria, Pennsylvania.
It was weighed in on October
1, 2005 at the Pennsylvania Giant Pumpkin Growers Weighoff.
October 2004 - 1446
World record set by Al Eaton
Port Elgin, Canada
World Record Giant Pumpkin - Fall, 2004
Picture compliments of Dave McCallum
Pictured above is the 2004 world record pumpkin. Al Eaton grew this
1446 pound pumpkin.
After growers optimistically tried for years to break the 1,000
pound barrier, the barrier fell twice in the same year. That year
was 1994. Each year since then, the record has fallen to an even