Rhode Island Man Wins $15,500 With Record-Breaking 2,000 Pound Pumpkin

Ron Wallace of Rhode Island celebrates after tipping the scales with his 2009-pound record breaking pumpkin during the New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, Mass Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. (Photo: AP)

(TheBlaze/AP) — Organizers of a fair in northeastern Massachusetts claim a Rhode Island man has set a new world record with the first pumpkin ever to weigh more than a ton.

Leaders of the Topsfield Fair say the huge gourd grown by Ron Wallace of Greene, R.I., tipped the scales at 2,009 pounds on Friday, winning him $5,500 for first place and another $10,000 as a bonus for breaking the one-ton mark.

“I’m back, baby!” he reportedly yelled as the pumpkin’s final weight was announced to the crowd.

What appears to be the record-breaking pumpkin is weighed at the final contest. (Photo: YouTube)

The Guinness World Record for heaviest pumpkin is 1,810.5 pounds set by Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wis., at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Stillwater, Minn., in October 2010.

“It’s a great world record,” the fair’s general manager James O’Brien said, according to the Richmond Register.

He added: “Topsfield has a lot of world records, but this one is special.”

Here is purported video from the competitive 2012 pumpkin weigh-off: