Giant pumpkins

Growing The Great Pumpkin

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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

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