GREENFIELD — Saturday was quite a day for the Pumpkin Man.
Greenfield resident Pat Hansen started the day at 2:30 a.m. with the call that his first grandson was about to arrive. But that just so happened to be the day of the Indiana Pumpkin Growers Association annual contest, and Hansen had his best year ever, growing his two biggest pumpkins.
The faithful grandpa headed to the hospital in the wee morning hours with his wife, Susan. But he realized he had some spare time, so he slipped out to the contest anyway with his two prize gourds.
“To me, it’s not about winning a contest,” said Hansen, known as the Pumpkin Man to friends and family. “It’s about seeing what I can do personally, that I did my best. And I did this year – twice.”
Hansen’s biggest pumpkin, a 1,117-pound giant, earned second place, behind only a competitor from Ohio whose pumpkin weighed 1,235 pounds.
“Of all the growers in the state of Indiana, that’s the biggest pumpkin this year,” the Pumpkin Man said, standing in front of his rural Greenfield home on Sunset Drive.