The Guinness record for the heaviest gourd has been smashed by an amassive pumpkin dubbed Michael Jordan, earning its farmer a tidy $30,000 (£24,500) in prize money.
Travis Gienger, a horticulture instructor in Minnesota, broke the previous record with a pumpkin weighing 2,749 pounds (1,247 kg).
"It was quite the feeling," Mr. Gienger remarked during the California World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off.
He attributed the enormous size of his fruit to additional attention and twelve waterings every day.
According to the website sfgate.com, Mr. Gienger planted Michael Jordan in Minnesota on April 10 and spent around $15,000 caring for and feeding the pumpkin.
For the tournament last week, he drove it to California. The 43-year-old has been cultivating pumpkins since his teenage years and has taken home three championships.
Circleville, Ohio, and Half Moon Bay, California, competed to become the world's pumpkin capital in a lighthearted and enjoyable tournament in 1974.
Organizers claim that it has become into the global equivalent of the Super Bowl of pumpkin weigh-off events.
He remarked, "The greatest basketball player of all time and the greatest pumpkin of all time" is the name of the large squash that took first place in this year's competition.
In addition, Mr. Gienger mentioned that Jordan wore a 23 jersey to correspond with the year 2023 and that it first looked like a basketball.