But pumpkin expert Tim Beeman is squashing that theory. He insists all the giant gourds entered in the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off are 100 percent natural.
Beeman jokes, Its not baseball. Were steroid free!
This Monday (Oct. 10) marks the 32nd annual Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California, and Beeman expects farmers to pull out the big guns or big gourds this year to see if they can beat last years record pumpkin weight of 1,229 pounds for a prize of $5 a pound.
Though the pumpkin kitty is large, Beeman doesnt expect anyone will try to cheat by discreetly inserting weights inside their pumpkin, saying, Wed be able to tell. That would be very, very hard to hide.
He insists the farmers want to win fair and square because theyre crazy about the art of pumpkin growing. He adds, Its pumpkin madness around here.
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