Illinois farmer grows North America's biggest pumpkin

CEDARBURG, Wis. -- A giant pumpkin is bringing a "ton" of excitement to Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

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The massive pumpkin has broken a North American record at the Cedarburg Wine and Harvest Festival. It weighed in at over 2,000 pounds - roughly one ton - and is now the biggest pumpkin on record in North America.

Gene McMullen grew the colossal fruit in Streator, Illinois. Officials said this is actually McMullen's second year in a row beating his own record.

Last year, his pumpkin came in at around 1,600 pounds. McMullen says he feels like a lucky man.
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