Ut Co family organizes 'pumpkin walk' with hundreds of carved pumpkins 05

Sheldon Nixon assists cub scouts with some pumpkin carving at his home Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Highland, Utah. Nixon teams up with his family to carve hundreds of pumpkins every year, which are used in the Santaquin Pumpkin Walk and, as of 2015, in the Highland Pumpkin Walk. (Natalie Behring, special to the Daily Herald).

LEHI, Utah — The Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers has recorded eight pumpkins in Utah this year weighing over 1,000 pounds (455 kilograms), setting a state record.

The first-place pumpkin at the 16th Annual UGPG Thanksgiving Point Weigh-Off on Saturday weighed an incredible 1,825 pounds (830 kilograms), KSTU-TV reported.

The hefty gourd was grown by local farmer Mohamed Sadiq. It was the largest pumpkin to be grown outside of a greenhouse, and the second largest pumpkin ever grown in the state, event organizers said.

The event was an official weigh-off site for the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, an organization that has made giant pumpkin growing a cultivated hobby with standards that ensure fruit quality, competition fairness and education.

The group is hosting a second event at Hee Haw Farms in Pleasant Grove on Oct. 10.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

See what people are talking about at The Community Table!