Pumpkin group says Canadian gourd longest on record

Sept. 30, 2013 at 1:35 PM

WATERVILLE, Nova Scotia, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A pumpkin-growing organization said a Nova Scotia man set a world record with a gourd measuring more than 11-feet-long.

The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth said Fred Ansems' long gourd at the Annapolis Valley Giant Vegetable Growers Association's annual competition in Waterville, Nova Scotia, was measured by officials during the weekend and was found to be the longest ever recorded, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.

The Guinness World Record holder for largest gourd was measured longer by Guinness, but the Chinese owner did not register his gourd with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, officials said.

Paul Ferguson, a member of the Annapolis Valley Giant Vegetable Growers Association, said it takes a lot of skill to grow a giant gourd.

"The long gourd, it loves the heat. You have to have a long enough trellis so that it can grow up and then grow down," he said. "It takes a lot of care, a lot of getting the right nutrients into the soil. And some of it is luck."

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