A giant pumpkin grown in Cache Valley took fourth place honors at the Utah Giant Pumpkin weigh-off at Thanksgiving Point on Saturday. Dale Elwood, a Hyde Park resident, had his pumpkin weigh in at 1,032 pounds. Elwood also received the “Howard Dill Award” for the best looking pumpkin at the weigh off. Elwood says that may have been, “a luck of genetics”. “They base it on shape and color,” Elwood explains, “and overall look of it. Some of them when they get really big they get really ugly. They tend to look like a big pancake.” Elwood says he’s been thinking of entering the competition for several years but this is the first time he has done so. He is now a member of the sponsoring organization’s “Half-Ton Club” for growing a pumpkin over 1000 pounds. Elwood says a lot of people were surprised a pumpkin this large could be grown in Cache Valley. To see a larger image of Elwood’s pumpkin,
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. The largest pumpkin this year weighed 1600 pounds, setting a new state record. Brigham City resident Ross Bowman came in third with his pumpkin weighing in at an impressive 1174 lbs. Bowman had two other pumpkins entered in an exhibition category, weighing 1082 lbs and 1013 lbs.