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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Thousand-pound pumpkin takes top prize at Virginia state fair

Despite worries that the summer’s flood waters had swamped pumpkin patches across the region, the effects were less than dire for at least one Virginia man, whose one-ton gourd nabbed first place in a giant pumpkin contest this weekend’s State Fair.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Dustin Price, 30, grew the winning “monster” pumpkin — which weighed in at 1,019 pounds — in his suburban backyard.

“It’s a hobby of mine,” Price told the Times-Dispatch. “I don’t play golf.”

The paper reported that this is just the fourth Virginia-grown pumpkin that officially weighed in at more than 1,000 pounds.

Virginia’s record-holder is the 1,138-pound beast that won the State Fair’s prize in 2007. The grower, William Layton, said he had hoped to break his own record this year, but his pumpkin didn’t survive the wet conditions.

For the full story, photos and video, visit the Richmond Times-Dispatch Web site.

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