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Ohio woman produces 1,725-pound pumpkin

MASSILLON, Ohio, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- An Ohio couple have raised what could be the real Great Pumpkin, a monster weighing in at 1,725 pounds.

Nick and Christy Harp of Jackson Township near Massillon learned their pumpkin was a world record-holder Saturday at the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-In, WJW-TV, Cleveland, reported.

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Christy Harp told the television station this year's big pumpkin was her work. Every year she and her husband have their own private competition with each taking half the pumpkin patch on their farm.

"Last year he beat me by 200 pounds. This year I beat him by 400 pounds," she said. "Very good year! My pumpkin, my side of the patch! We separate the patch and never step foot on the other side!"

The Harps prepare the soil with coffee grounds, manure and compost and then select seeds with good genes. Christy Harp said the formula works so well that during August her pumpkin grew an average of 33 pounds a day for a while.

With two more weeks of weigh-ins, Christy Harp knows that a bigger pumpkin may be out there somewhere, waiting for the scales.

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But she said no matter what happens she will have had her moment as a pumpkin grower.

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