October 13, 2008 in City

That’s a great pumpkin

Winning Washington gourd a chunky 1,467 pounds
Associated Press
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A scale is swept clean for an accurate measurement of this pumpkin from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, which came in at 1,100 pounds and was declared a new Idaho state record by the announcer.
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SHORELINE, Wash. – A father and son from Bothell have won more than $2,000 for growing Washington state’s most giant pumpkin.

Cheers for the 1,467-pound gourd arose Saturday at the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers Club weigh-in at Central Market in Shoreline.

The pumpkin was grown by 56-year-old Walt Perham and his 32-year-old son, Brad, a radiology technician at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue.

The pumpkin is descended from a seed called 1689 Jutras, named for the world-record-setting 1,689-pound pumpkin grown last year by Joe Jutras, of Scituate, R.I.

Growers say the monster pumpkins aren’t worth much for pies because the flesh is too watery but can bring good money as Halloween decorations. Growers can also make some money selling the seeds.

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