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500-kilo pumpkin wins 'big veggie of the year'

Finland's Giant Vegetable Championships drew gardening enthusiasts to Mäntsälä on Saturday.

Kurpitsat jättikasvisten SM-kilpailuissa Mäntsälässä 23. syyskuuta 2023. Suomen Jättikasvisyhdistys ry järjesti vuotuiset SM-kisat jo 16. kerran.
Pumpkins at the Giant Vegetable Finnish Championship in Mäntsälä on 23 September 2023. Image: Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva
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The southern town of Mäntsälä was the site of a weigh-off for the largest vegetables in Finland on Saturday.

Giant pumpkins were the heaviest entrants in the contest, with the heftiest gourd weighing in at 487.2 kilos. The runner up was well over one hundred kilos lighter than the winning pumpkin.

The prize pumpkin did, however, not beat the current Finnish record, which was set in 2012 by a 716-kilo pumpkin.

There's even more to go to reach the world's largest pumpkins. The current world record, from two years ago, is held by an Italian grower's pumpkin, which weighed 1,226 kilos.

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