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Giant pumpkin from southern Nash County headed to Knoxville contest

Posted on September 9, 2021

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Spring Hope resident Danny Vester's giant pumpkin waits to be loaded onto a trailer Wednesday for a trip to a contest in Tennessee.

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Spring Hope resident Danny Vester's giant pumpkin waits to be loaded onto a trailer Wednesday for a trip to a contest in Tennessee.

SPRING HOPE — Danny Vester loaded up one of the largest pumpkins in the world and drove to Tennessee on Wednesday.

Vester is entering his humongous gourd in a contest at the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville.

For years Vester has shattered records, including his own, by growing giant pumpkins, as well as other varieties of melons and gourds.

Vester's monster pumpkin not only was the heavyweight at the North Carolina State Fair in 2019, weighing in at 1506.5 pounds, it set a state record.

This year's giant pumpkin will be exhibited at the Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival the first weekend in October, but won't be in any local contests sponsored by the Great Pumpkin Commonweath weigh-off.

SouthernNashNews.com contributed to this report.

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