Missouri man grows 2 record-setting pumpkins

REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP)   A Missouri man has busted the state records for the heaviest and second-heaviest pumpkins.

KMBC-TV reports the 1,798-pound and 1,677-pound giants Richard Bottorf entered into the Republic Pumpkin Daze weigh more combined than a compact car. Bottorf carved the smaller pumpkin after it was weighed earlier this month. The larger one will be on display Wednesday at an elementary school in Harrisonville.

Bottorf has a history of breaking records. Back in 2017, he grew a 1,563-pound pumpkin that beat the Missouri state record by more than 300 pounds.

Guinness World Records says the largest-ever pumpkin weighed 2,624 pounds. It was grown in Belgium in 2016.

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