Stephanie Thompson – SweetwaterNOW October 14, 2021
CHEYENNE — Former Rock Springs resident Harold Stinchcomb recently broke Wyoming’s largest pumpkin record with his 1,544 pound pumpkin.
Stinchcomb, who is now a Cheyenne resident, recently attended the Rocky Mountain Giant Vegetable Growers competition where his giant pumpkin had its official weigh in. While the 1,544 pound monster was only good enough for second place in Colorado, it was enough to claim Wyoming’s new record.
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Stinchcomb said it matters where the pumpkin was grown and since it was grown in Wyoming, it broke a Wyoming record. The previous record was held by Stinchcomb’s friend Andy Corbin at 1,491 pounds. The records are determined by the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth.
Of course, Stinchcomb was excited about the news of breaking the record.
“This is the first time I’ve ever been close and I actually broke it,” Stinchcomb said. “It’s kind of hard to grow big pumpkins, especially in Wyoming.”
But where there is determination and a goal, great, big things can be accomplished. Stinchcomb has been growing pumpkins for the past 18 years and was excited all of his hard work has finally paid off big time.
Stinchcomb said he purchased Atlantic giant pumpkin seeds from Corbin and Ron Wallace. He then proceeded to grow two pumpkin plants so he could use one to pollinate the other. He then spent all summer taking care of his two giant pumpkins, the record breaker came in at 1,544 pounds, while his smaller pumpkin weighed in at 1,495 pounds.
Stinchcomb recalls pollinating the pumpkins on July 5 and at that time they were only the size of a ping pong ball. He was amazed at just how quickly those ping pong ball-sized pumpkins changed into something gigantic. In three months, they went from something tiny to so huge a forklift is required to move them.
While Stinchcomb currently holds the state’s record, Corbin has yet to weigh his monstrous pumpkin this year. Stinchcomb said Corbin may break his record on Saturday when his pumpkin is officially weighed, however, he won’t be upset.
“I know how hard it is to grow a big pumpkin,” he said. “I am the first person to grow a 1,500 pound pumpkin in Wyoming.”
He said growing a large pumpkin is extremely time consuming and requires a lot of attention for three to four months out of the year.
Whether Corbin beats his weigh in or not, Stinchcomb will still be go down in the record books as the first person to grow a 1,500 plus pound pumpkin in Wyoming and that’s something he’s proud of.