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Streator family has the nation’s biggest pumpkin

Posted by wlpo on September 30, 2014

STREATOR, Ill. (AP) – One of the world’s biggest pumpkins is right here in the Illinois Valley. The McMullen family in Streator has grown a pumpkin so big that the only way to move it is by forklift.

At 1,692 pounds, the pumpkin-tracking website http://www.bigpumpkins.com says the McMullen pumpkin is so big that right now only one known pumpkin in the world is bigger. That’s a pumpkin in Belgium weighing 1,840 pounds.
Sandy McMullen says the family doesn’t use plant food or any other kind of growth aid. Instead they grow big pumpkins every year and pick the most promising seeds to try again the following year.

The McMullens started growing giant pumpkins about 12 years ago.

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