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Enormous pumpkin contest held at Topsfield Fair

The Topsfield Fair held its annual pumpkin-growing contest Friday, in which enthusiasts from all over New England bring in their gigantic squashes for a weigh-off.

The All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off began at 4 p.m., said Marie O’Brien, an employee in the fair’s vegetable department.

Hiram Watson of Farmington, N.H., won the contest with his pumpkin of 1,900 pounds.

Weighing the pumpkins is a long process given their size, O’Brien said. Watson will be awarded $5,000.

“This is a fun thing to watch,” O’Brien said. “When a winner is announced, there are people lined up wall to wall to see the pumpkin.”

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The contest began at the Topsfield Fair in 1984, and has become so popular in recent years that a cutoff weight of 300 pounds had to be instituted, according to the fair’s website.

The winning pumpkin last year weighed 1,746.5 pounds and belonged to Woody Lancaster of Topsfield, who was awarded $5,500, according to the website.

A pumpkin was cautiously moved onto a scale to be weighed in at the Topsfield Fair.
A pumpkin was cautiously moved onto a scale to be weighed in at the Topsfield Fair.Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe/Globe Freelance
Giant pumpkins waited to be weighed.
Giant pumpkins waited to be weighed. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.