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New Richmond man wins event, but not the world record

A western Wisconsin man won the pumpkin-growing contest he entered over the weekend -- but he failed to take back the world record he lost a year ago. Chris Stevens of New Richmond entered a pumpkin that weighed 17-hundred-84 pounds. That was good enough to win at the Stillwater Harvest-Fest in Minnesota -- but it was nowhere near Ron Wallace's record of two-thousand-nine pounds. Wallace, of Rhode Island, grew that pumpkin last fall. It broke Stevens' record gourd from 2011. Stevens said he lost his first batch of giant pumpkin candidates to frost and snow around Mother's Day -- and he hopes for better weather next year. His plants begin to grow in mini-greenhouses. In June, Stevens began narrowing down six plants to the one he grew for the Stillwater event.  

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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