One BIG Pumpkin – Shelby Man Recaptures State Pumpkin Record
Shelby man recaptures state giant pumpkin record
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A northern Montana man has recaptured the state's giant pumpkin record with a 1,168-pound gourd he raised in his grandfather's garden in Shelby.
Kyle Koschmeder used a backhoe to lift it into the back of a pickup truck to haul it to Ronan for the Big Sky Giant Pumpkin Growers Association weigh-in last Saturday.
His pumpkin beat the old record of 1,039 pounds set last year by Emmett May of Polson.
Koschmeder, 34, last held the state record in 2010 with a 782-pound pumpkin. May answered with an 893-pounder in 2011.
The Great Falls Tribune (http://gftrib.com/18qd4kS ) reports the giant pumpkin is on display at Shelby Paint and Hardware. Koschmeder said he's thinking about having the community help carve it into a jack-o-lantern for Halloween.