Close, but no cigar
Jim Osmond’s pumpkin weighs in at 501 pounds
Jim Osmond has been trying for years to grow a 1,000-pound pumpkin, and it is a goal he will continue to try and reach.
This year, Osmond’s giant pumpkin weighed in at 501 pounds.
He has been growing pumpkins for around 17 years from his garden located in MacDougalls, and it’s become a passion.
“I just wish there was a place on the island to compete – competition makes it more fun,” he said.
Residents on the southwest coast have become accustomed to Osmond’s pumpkins, and eagerly wait the arrival and reveal of its weight.
Each year, Osmond takes the giant pumpkin from his patch in MacDougalls and brings it to Port aux Basques, where he invites residents to view it and have their picture taken.
He loves seeing kids and parents alike stopping by to admire his creation.
In 2009, he grew his biggest pumpkin, weighing in at 733 pounds.
In 2012 he was working towards that goal weight, but had a stem split.
Last year – his pumpkin, which was around 500 pounds as well – was destroyed in an act of mischief. It was the third time he had a pumpkin destroyed.
Osmond puts a lot of work into his pumpkin growing, and it is something he will continue for years to come.
But pumpkins are not the only things to watch for – Osmond grew massive cabbages this year – and next year, will be working on a giant carrots – perhaps another record breaker.
Jim Osmond’s giant pumpkin weighed in at 501 pounds this year.