Grower wins trifecta of giant food titles
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.”
Joe Jutras stands with his world-record-breaking 2,118-pound squash at Frerichs Farm in Warren, R.I.