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October 15, 2010 > SD man grows 1,674-pound pumpkin

SD man grows 1,674-pound pumpkin

Submitted By AP Wire Service

PARKER, S.D. (AP), Oct 08 - A farmer in southeast South Dakota has grown a pumpkin nearly big enough to be Cinderella's coach.

Kevin Marsh of Parker says the 1,674-pound pumpkin isn't pretty - it won an ugliest pumpkin award at a Colorado event. But it's only 51 pounds shy of the world record listed by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth.

It's not the first big pumpkin Marsh has grown. He had one last year that weighed in at 1,488 pounds, and one he grew earlier this year was 1,536 pounds.

Marsh says he doesn't have any big secrets to growing the behemoth squash. He says he buries vines as they grow so they get double the amount of roots, and uses a lot of organic fertilizers.

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