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Thu., Aug. 15, 2013, 4:32 p.m.

Smashing pumpkin

Dave Jensen inspects the damage Wednesday caused by vandals to his 570-pound pumpkin in his garden in northeast Spokane. (Dan Pelle)
Dave Jensen inspects the damage Wednesday caused by vandals to his 570-pound pumpkin in his garden in northeast Spokane. (Dan Pelle)

Dave Jensen inspects the damage Wednesday caused by vandals to his 570-pound pumpkin in his garden in northeast Spokane.

It coulda been a contender, this blonde bulbous beast that looms out of a leafy patch on Spokane’s North Side.

Already nearing the 600-pound mark and with plenty of hot growing days left, the pumpkin Dave Jensen dubbed Goliath had a good shot at becoming a 1,000-pounder.

The produce clerk has been chasing the half-ton goal ever since this hobby of nurturing mere seeds into Sasquash grabbed hold like a crack addiction.

Then the unthinkable struck in the dark of last Sunday night.

Veggie vandals senselessly slashed Goliath with a sharp object and punched holes in it with a flashlight battery the punks left behind. More here. Doug Clark, SR

Has your property/garden ever been vandalized?

 




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.