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World's largest pumpkin to be displayed, carved at The New York Botanical Garden

Tim Mathison of Napa, California atop his giant pumpkin.
Patty Hawkley photo

The world's largest pumpkin is making its way to New York just in time for Halloween. The giant pumpkin, weighing in at 2,032 pounds, will be on display at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx from October 19-31, 2013. The enormous pumpkin was grown by Tim and Susan Mathison of Napa, California. They were recently crowned the winners at the 23rd Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Morgan Hill, California. The pumpkin grew for 105 days in the Mathis family's back yard in east Napa.

Other huge pumpkins that will be on display include two grown by Dawn and Bill Northrup of New Brunswick, Canada, weighing 1,813 and 1,024.5 pounds; and two grown by Dave and Carol Stelts of Edinburgh, Pennsylvania, weighing 1,496 and 1,391.5 pounds. The five behemoth pumpkins will be housed at the Garden's Clay Family Picnic Pavilions, where visitors are welcome to take photos and pose with them. This showcase of champions is held in collaboration with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) that is the governing body of nearly 100 official weigh-off sites around the world.

Along with the pumpkins will be the world's largest watermelon, weighing 350.5 pounds, grown by Chris Ken of Sevierville, Tennessee; and the world's largest long gourd, measuring 139.25 inches, grown by Fred Ansems of Nova Scotia, Canada.

During the Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend at The New York Botanical Garden October 19-20, Master Carver Ray Villafane of Food Network fame along with carvers Sue Beatrice and Chris Vierra will transform the humongous pumpkins into giant carnivorous plants and other "unearthly" creatures. There will be daily Q&A session with the carvers and seasonal treate provided by Whole Foods Market.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden, located in the Everett Children's Garden, will be open daily from October 19-31, with guided activities. The display includes more than 500 orange and multicolored, hand-carved pumpking sculptures of scarecrows, spiders, snakes and more. Other features include a "gourd-geous" Pumpkin House, the Pumpkin Puppet Theater and a Halloween Parade.