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A horticulture teacher from Minnesota had a dream of growing pumpkins just to make people smile. Now his pumpkins have been breaking records weighing in at over 2,000 pounds. Oh, my "gourd!"

Travis Gienger from Anoka, Minnesota and his pumpkin "Michael Jordan" dominated the annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California. The champion pumpkin grower and his massive pumpkin were on a mission to break the world record for the heaviest pumpkin. Good news! Mission accomplished!

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An article from FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul confirms that Travis and "Michael Jordan" are the newest world record holders for the largest pumpkin ever grown. In honor of the year 2023, The Giant "Michael Jordan" pumpkin weighed in at...

2,749 POUNDS!! That's a lot of pumpkin pie! You'll probably need a giant can of whipped cream to go with it.

It's hard to believe "Michael Jordan" started as a perfectly round-shaped gourd. This pumpkin alone is equivalent to 2,110 basketballs and 275 jack-o'-lanterns.

In a previous story in 2022, Travis Gienger introduced FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul to Maverick the Pumpkin. At 2,560 pounds, it was carved into the world's largest jack-o-lantern. The pumpkin was displayed outside Anoka City Hall.

The previous world record heavyweight champion pumpkin was 2,702.8 pounds, which was set by Stefano Cutrupi of Italy in 2021. I remember when I wrote about Travis and his pumpkins last October. I had confidence that he could break the record in the Guinness World Records one day for the heaviest pumpkin. Look where Travis is today! A world record holder!

Congratulations, Travis, and to the Great Michael Jordan Pumpkin!

10 Most Obscure Minnesota Towns

As you are making road-trip plans you might want to see if you can even find some of these Minnesota towns.

Minnesota is the Land Of 10,000 Lakes and 853 towns. Even if you know the state well I'll bet you haven't even heard of Minnesota's 10 smallest towns.

Gallery Credit: Ben Davis

10 Most Obscure Minnesota Towns

As you are making road-trip plans you might want to see if you can even find some of these Minnesota towns.

Minnesota is the Land Of 10,000 Lakes and 853 towns. Even if you know the state well I'll bet you haven't even heard of Minnesota's 10 smallest towns.

Gallery Credit: Ben Davis

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