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World’s Heaviest Pumpkin Tips the Scales at 2,096 Pounds

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Beni Meier, a pumpkin grower from the Zuericher Oberland in Switzerland, celebrates his winning pumpkin of 951 kilograms in Klaistow (Brandenburg), Germany, 28 September 2014. The Pumpkin Weighing Championship is carried out according to international standards set by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC). EPA

MAINZ, Germany — A Swiss gardener has grown the world’s heaviest pumpkin — and it weighs almost as much as a small car. Beni Meier, 30, had to use a special vehicle to transport the fruit, which tipped the scales at 2,096.6 lbs. An official from the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth association was at the weighing, which broke a world record previously held by California couple Tim and Susan Mathison.

"We were told that lots of watering and daily care was necessary,” said Maika Ziehl, a spokeswoman for the farm where the competition was held. The pumpkin will remain on display in Klaistow, Germany, until it is "slaughtered" on November 2. "We will probably make a good soup out of the pumpkin," added Ziehl, who said that its seeds would be in high demand and probably auctioned off.

- Andy Eckardt