CUMBERLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's gone from fad to serious competition. Pumpkin growing is attrracting increasing numbers of competitors and some big cash prizes.
"It used to be that you would just grow a pumpkiin and take it to the Cumberland Fair," said John Chandler who has been competing at pumpkin growing since 2006. "Now we have several competitions and a number of new competitors coming to the sport all the time."
Chandler had his best finish yet at the Cumberland Fair. He finished third with a pumpkin that weighed in at 508 pounds. His was well behind winner Rick Davis who had to remove the fence from his dooryard to get his 887 pound entry to the fair.
Davis got involved with the project after going to the fair last year. He bet a couple of friends he could grow a pumpkin bigger than theirs. Winning the twenty dollar bet ended up costing him a thousand dollars. He won five-hundred for having the biggest entry at Cumberland. He plans on competing for the $2500 first prize in Damariscotta on October 10th.