“Let’s hope it weighs more than a small car,” he said.
“Ronnie said, ‘it’s not over until it’s on the scale,’” said his mother Cathy, also of Greene, R.I. “You can think all you want, measure it, it’s not over until it’s on the scale.”
Wallace’s pumpkin shattered the Topsfield Fair’s previous record of 1,689 pounds weighed in 2007 by Joe Jutras of North Scituate, R.I. His pumpkin had once held the world record.
Jutras, who wore a yellow cap and a jacket with the number “1,689” embroidered on the sleeve, stood by at Friday’s weigh-off, but he did not bring an entry with him.
“I just had a bad year, I lost it,” Jutras said. “Neglect more than anything, I’m afraid. Too much time fishing and not enough time growing pumpkins.”
Wallace last held the world record with a 1,502 pounder weighed in 2006 in Rhode Island. But Jutras beat his record the following year. Last night’s victory was Wallace’s second at the Topsfield Fair weigh-off, having broken the fair’s record with a 1,347-pound giant pumpkin also weighed in 2006.
Wallace managed to pulverize a world record of 1,843.5 pounds set by Steve Geddes of Boscawen, N.H. on Thursday, according to the website BigPumpkins.com.
“Two thousand and nine, where are those checks,” said O’Brien as he climbed atop tables and posed with Wallace and his father Richard, also of Greene, R.I. All three posed with two over-sized checks totaling $15,500: A $5,500 check for winning first place in the competition, and another $10,000 bounty for bringing the largest pumpkin weighing more than 2,000 pounds to the competition. Last night’s contest had a total of $24,000 in prize money for giant pumpkin growers.
Wallace’s pumpkin was the last to be weighed as the tension mounted all evening about whether it would break the 2,000-pound mark. Richard Wallace was fearful that the pumpkin might not weigh enough to shatter the one-ton mark.