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Floyd County grown pumpkin wins state fair, heading to China

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - On May 24th, a Floyd County man planted a pumpkin seed and less than three months later that pumpkin weighed in at more than 1,000 pounds.

In a small pumpkin patch right off of Spurlock Creek Road in Floyd County, with some tender loving care, a giant pumpkin packed on the pounds day after day.

Pumpkin farmer, Dwight Slone says, "These pumpkins if you can get them going they can average 30 to 40 pounds a day."

Weighing in at 1,034 pounds, winning both the Kentucky State Fair and the Indiana State Fair which is a regional competition....something the man who planted the winning seed tried to accomplish for years.

"I have been growing the regular pumpkins for about 18 or 19 years and been growing the giant pumpkins for 6 years now," explains Slone.

Slone says finally this year luck was on his side, "You know this year a lot of people due to the weather lost a lot of pumpkins and stuff. So luck has a little to do with but work has a lot to do with it also."

Slone says he spends at least two hours each day out in his pumpkin patch and that hard work paid off as his prize winning pumpkin is set to travel overseas.

"It is being sent to China to be put on display at a pumpkin carving exhibition," says Slone.

Which is something that makes his hometown proud.

Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin says, "It is amazing to think they are shipping something all the way from Eastern Kentucky to China just to be on display for people to look at, it really is amazing."

Slone is currently growing another giant pumpkin in his patch that he says if all goes well it will be larger than the state fair winning pumpkin.

"I set the bottles out last night to measure it...and it has grown a half inch since last night," says Slone.

Another rapidly growing pumpkin tucked in the hills of Eastern Kentucky.

The pumpkin Slone is currently growing will be weighed on September 21st and will then be on display at the Jenny Wiley Festival where it will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Floyd County Animal Shelter.

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