Close, but no cigar

Jim Os­mond’s pump­kin weighs in at 501 pounds

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - News - BY CHANTELLE MACISAAC chantelle.macisaac@gulfnews.ca

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.

CHANTELLE MACISAAC/TC ME­DIA

Jim Os­mond’s gi­ant pump­kin weighed in at 501 pounds this year.

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