Giant pumpkins

Growing The Great Pumpkin


In front of stores, on wagons at local nurseries, and on tables at roadside stands pumpkins are everywhere at this time of year. Late last month a number of specialized pumpkin growers got together in Minooka for the annual Illinois Giant Pumpkin Growers Association weigh-off. With a 1,258 pound pumpkin Wheaton’s Joe Adkins retained the title for the state’s biggest pumpkin for the fourth year in a row. A couple years ago, First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited Joe at his home a few blocks west of downtown Wheaton