Pro­vid­ing pump­kin pie for the ages

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LUDWIGSBURG, GER­MANY: WITH Hal­loween com­ing, Mathias Willemi­jns grew a pump­kin of pro­por­tions not seen un­til this year.

The Bel­gian man set a world record ear­lier this month with a su­per squash that weighed 1 190.5kg.

Willemi­jns claimed the record on Oc­to­ber 9 at the Gi­ant Pump­kin Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship here.

Guin­ness World Records has yet to con­firm it.

The pre­vi­ous world-record pump­kin was 1 053.7kg.

Swiss grower Beni Meier set that record in 2014 at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

The US is the home of pump­kins and Hal­loween but noth­ing grown there has come close to the world record.

Win­ners of gi­ant-pump­kin con­tests of­ten re­ceive big cash prizes. World cham­pion Cindy Tobeck was no ex­cep­tion and won $11 460 (R159 294). – Wash­ing­ton Post

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