This farmer grew a 910-pound pumpkin and turned it into a boat. Watch him paddle it across a pond

USA Today 0 month ago

After a Tennessee farmer grew a nearly 1,000-pound pumpkin, he dug out the seeds and climbed in. 

Justin Ownby had broken his own personal record by growing a pumpkin that weighed 910 pounds and then celebrated his achievement by turning it into a boat, according to photos and videos his wife, Christin, posted on Facebook.

The farmer from Cleveland, Tennessee, had been attempting to grow a 1,000-pound pumpkin for the past four years but this year had a secret weapon that brought him closer to his goal, his wife told CNN.

His secret weapon was a pumpkin seed taken from another enormous pumpkin grown in the state that weighed more than 1,700 pounds. Ownby planted the seed in May and watched as his prized pumpkin grew.

“He chose a pot where the water ran off easily, keeping it cool in the heat of the day, keeping it watered and making sure that the squash beetles didn’t overtake it,” Christin told local Chattanooga station WTVC.

After the pumpkin was hauled onto a trailer and weighed, Ownby hollowed it out and harvested the seeds, according to CNN. Then on Monday night, he plunged the "Great Pumpkin" into the pond, climbed inside and began paddling around.

Christin posted his little adventure on Facebook and even captured the moment he fell off. She told WTVC that last time she checked, the pumpkin was still floating in the pond.

The idea wasn’t totally original as the "500lb Pumpkin Boat Race" is hosted every year in Morton, Illinois.

Christin told CNN their pumpkin would have placed second at the local fair but that they were unable to attend because of a family trip. However that won’t stop her husband from trying again.

“He is hoping to break the 1,000-pound mark next year,” she said.


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