Utah pumpkin growing champion tries to beat his own record


September 22, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man who's loved giant pumpkins since childhood is trying to set a state record for the second time with a nearly 2,000-pound (907-kilogram) gourd he's been tending with scientific precision.

Matt McConkie, 29, said the pumpkin he's growing for Saturday's 12th Annual Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh Off should beat his own state record set in 2014 — a pumpkin weighing 1,817 pounds (824 kilograms), the Salt Lake Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/2flCL5g ).

McConkie, a real estate broker, said he started competitively growing pumpkins nine years ago. He bought a...

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