Travis Gienger of Anoka, Minnesota, set a new world record for the largest gourd at the 50th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California.
Gienger's gigantic pumpkin weighed in at a whopping 2,749 pounds, earning him first place for the second straight year and a cash prize of $30,000. The pumpkin can produce 687 pies.
The previous record was set in 2021 by an Italian farmer who grew a 2,702-pound squash.
It was his third win in four years. Last year, Gienger won the event with a 2,560-pound pumpkin. That set the U.S. record for the largest gourd.
Gienger grows the pumpkins in his backyard and said he waters them up to 12 times a day. This year, he admitted he gave his pumpkins a bit more fertilizer than in previous years.
He has been growing pumpkins since he was a teenager, following his father's footsteps, who also grew pumpkins.
Gienger's record-setting pumpkin will be on display at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival next weekend.
"I put in the work so that I can put a smile on people's faces, and it's just so nice coming out here to see everyone in this town," he said.