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World’s largest-ever fruit dominates Super Bowl of pumpkin weigh-offs

TOPSFIELD — History was made Friday in Topsfield. Ron Wallace of Greene, R.I., became the first person to grow a 1-ton pumpkin, shattering the world record at the giant pumpkin weigh-off at the Topsfield Fair. It is the largest fruit ever grown.

There had been a huge amount of buzz about ­Wallace’s pumpkin, “The Freak II,” leading into the Topsfield Fair, which is considered the Super Bowl of pumpkin weigh-offs. So when the gourd finally made it to the scale, it could not have been more exciting. The digital readout danced around the 2,000-pound mark as handlers moved it into position on the scale and removed the straps used to hoist it.

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