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End Game

November 21, 2016 by

Ben and a few of his school friends carving up the Giant Pumpkin

Wondering what became of the massive (over 1200 lbs) award-winning pumpkin that Ben grew here in Beech Grove? Unlike last year, when we took a slightly smaller pumpkin to feed the elephants at a nearby zoo, we tried something a little less destructive this time around.

After exhibiting our giant for two weeks, a local pub had a contest to guess the number of seeds it contained. (There were 648 – the closest guesser got a free meal at the pub.) Good “publicity!”

Then we brought it back to Beech Grove to cut it up, cook it, and make puree. With flesh fifteen inches thick, it made enough to supply the five hundred residents of Beech Grove and our nearby Darvell community with pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, and pumpkin cake all autumn. We also shared quite a number of the seeds to friends and neighbors wanting a few of the fantastic genes of our winner.

Our beast had a smaller sibling (only 778 lbs!) and we carved it up for Halloween.

A Giant Pumpkin Jack-o-lantern


Watch the original video in which Ben tells how he grew the winner!

Watch on YouTube.

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Mario Meier

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Mario Meier and his wife, Robin, are parents of four grown children, and grandparents of three.

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  • Terrific job with that pumpkin! Bet it was tasty, too!

    Betsy Hawes