By Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It was a record-breaking weekend in Stillwater.

The Stillwater Grower’s Association hosted its annual Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Saturday. It was a virtual event for attendees, and it was an event to remember. Cory Buettner helped host the event.

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“We broke a record, we had an event continuation, still paid out a lot of money and we all had a good time,” Buettner said. “COVID is not gonna stop any of this.”

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Charlie Bergstrom of Lancaster, which is just south of the Canadian border, grew the record-breaking gourd, which weighed in at an incredible 1,990.5 pounds.

Bergstrom tells WCCO he used 100 gallons of water a day and fertilized it daily. He says it was growing 40 pounds a day during the last few week.

Next year’s competition is already set for Oct. 9.

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Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield