1,900-pound pumpkin wins top prize at fair

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FARMINGTON, New Hampshire — A New Hampshire man's 1,900-pound pumpkin has won the top prize at a fair and is believed to be the state record.

Hiram Watson of Farmington won the $5,500 prize at the recent fair in Topsfield, Massachusetts, which is affiliated with a group called the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth that and sets weight regulations.

Watson planted his seed on April 10. Some cold weather in September caused some worry that the pumpkin would split, but Watson and his wife covered it with blankets and a tarp.

Watson tells Foster's Daily Democrat (http://bit.ly/1BM472E) there were about 35 entries at the fair this year. The second-place winner came in around 150 pounds lighter.

According to the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth's website, the biggest pumpkin so far this year is 2,096 pounds, in Switzerland.

Information from: Foster's Daily Democrat, http://www.fosters.com

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