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Giant pumpkins being grown in southern Kentucky

Most pumpkins you'll see this fall are the jack o' lantern type, the kind children could carry out of the patch.

But a few pumpkins grown in Pulaski County are so big that several grown men can't even pick them up.

Larry Burton and several other farmers became known for growing giant pumpkins. This year, the honor for the state's biggest ever pumpkin went to James and John Vanhook, with their massive baby weighing in at more than 1,300 lbs. It's now on display at Kentucky's only official weigh in site, Bear Wallow Farm near Nancy.

Each year the growers save seeds and aim to grow the biggest one the next year. Burton says the growth process involves genetics and having just enough space to grow one. He says the pumpkin will be on display until the first hard freeze, when nature causes it to break down.


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