UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) A western Wisconsin man won the pumpkin-growing contest he entered over the weekend -- but he failed to take back the world record he lost a year ago. Chris Stevens of New Richmond entered a pumpkin that weighed 1,784 pounds. That was good enough to win at the Stillwater Harvest-Fest in Minnesota -- but it was nowhere near Ron Wallace's record of 2,009. Wallace, of Rhode Island, grew that pumpkin last fall. It broke Stevens' record gourd from 2011.
Stevens said he lost his first batch of giant pumpkin candidates to frost and snow around Mother's Day -- and he hopes for better weather next year. His plants begin to grow in mini-greenhouses. In June, Stevens began narrowing down six plants to the one he grew for the Stillwater event.