PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) - The Alaska State Fair announces its 12th annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-off winners, Tuesday evening.
In first place is David Iles of North Pole. His pumpkin weighed a whooping 1,231.5 pounds.
"I'm one of the very few competitive growers in the world that uses hydroponics rather than conventional soil," says Iles.
Dale Marshall of Anchorage placed second, with his pumpkin weighing 1,172.0 pounds.
And Thomas S. Whitmire of Palmer came in third place, as his pumpkin weighed 32.0 pounds. And he says he learned a pretty good lesson this year. "Well I've learned that they need a little bit less water this time, And we are trying to get a green house and get them a lot of fertilizer."
While none of the pumpkins this year broke the Alaska State Fair record of 1,469 pounds - set in 2016 by Marshall, this year's pumpkin sizes were still impeccable, none-the-less.