An Oklahoma man may truly be the owner of the “great pumpkin,” whether Charlie Brown agrees or not.
Pat Benner has two gigantic specimens. One of them is pushing 600 pounds, and both of them are growing for a record. Benner's small garden has just three pumpkin plants and is covered with leaves and vines. It took some research on the Internet to make growing the plants a success.
Banner tried last year, but the pumpkin only got to 400 pounds or so before the vine died. He started last fall preparing the ground for this year's attempt. He put the seeds in the ground in April, pollinated in June and since then has been watching them grow.
The goal is to take the biggest one to the Regional Weigh-off in Republic, Missouri. He can win 600-dollars for the grand prize. The smaller one will go to the Tulsa State Fair.
The pumpkin judging and weigh-in is later this fall. First Benner has to get the pumpkins out of the garden. To do that, he'll have to build a lift and a transporter to get it to his truck.