Grower wins tri­fecta of gi­ant food ti­tles

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - NEWS -

PROV­I­DENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Is­land grower is first in the world to achieve a tri­fecta in the hobby of grow­ing gar­gan­tuan foods: world records for heav­i­est pump­kin, long­est long gourd and now, heav­i­est squash.

Af­ter pre­vi­ously break­ing two records, Joe Ju­tras got his third dur­ing the week­end when he smashed the gi­ant squash record with one that weighed more than a ton. His green squash tipped the scales at 2,118 pounds dur­ing a weigh-in at Frerichs Farm in War­ren Satur­day.

His other ti­tles came in 2006, when broke the record for long­est gourd, with a 126.5-inch gourd, and in 2007, when he broke the record for largest pump­kin, with a fruit that weighed in at 1,689 pounds. Both pre­vi­ous records have since been sur­passed, but Ju­tras is the only grower so far to break world records in the three most com­pet­i­tive cat­e­gories. “It feels great,” Ju­tras said Mon­day. “It’s re­ally been a goal of mine to try to achieve this.”

Susan Ju­tras / As­so­ci­ated Press

Joe Ju­tras stands with his world-record-break­ing 2,118-pound squash at Frerichs Farm in War­ren, R.I.

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