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Giant pumpkin: 1,400-pound pumpkin disqualified from Alaska fair

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A giant pumpkin will not get a chance to go on display at the Alaska fair. Fox News reports on Aug. 28 that the 1,400-pound pumpkin will be disqualified from the competition because it has a small hole. J.D. Megchelsen states he still wants his pumpkin weighed officially at the fair, but he will not let it go on display.

J.D. Megchelsen has been growing giant pumpkins since 2002 and has set several records. However, his 2013 entry for the Alaska State Fair in Palmer turned into a disappointment. Megchelsen estimates his pumpkin weighs close to 1,500 pounds, but he predicts the scales at the fair will show closer to 1,400 pounds. Unfortunately, his pumpkin will be disqualified because it has a small hole.

Giant pumpkins with holes or cracks are not eligible for competition at the Alaska State Fair. This is not the first time Megchelsen has experienced a disqualification because of a hole. He was not aware of the hole in the 2013 pumpkin until a crane lifted it from the ground.

The pumpkin grower believes the hole formed because it was growing too quickly. At one point, it was increasing by 41 pounds a day. J.D. Megchelsen had to use 300 gallons of water per 24 hours to keep it alive. A family member stated, “He eats, sleeps and dreams pumpkins. All he does is pumpkins.” Although this is a disappointing moment for J.D. Megchelsen, he has experienced the problem in the past, and it will not stop him from competing next year.