It took years for Guelph resident Mike Aasman to produce this squash specimen – a pumpkin worthy of competing in the Port Elgin Pumpkinfest. “Growing them isn’t easy,” says Aasman, explaining that breakage and rot can eliminate a potential prize winner from ever becoming a contender. This specimen, which was hoisted onto a trailer and towed to the festival last weekend, didn’t earn Aasman the $5,000 grand prize, but it did bring him some cash. Weighing in at 1,320.5 pounds, this plump pumpkin came fifth in Saturday’s weigh-off – a placement that’s good for $300. The top spot went to a pumpkin from Cameron, Ont., that tipped the scales at 1,545 pounds. Aasman plans to make the giant vegetable part of his Halloween display, turning it into a giant jack-o-lantern on his Guelph Street lawn.
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