Hundreds of pumpkin enthusiasts rolled into the small community of Roland last weekend for the town’s Pumpkin Fair, culminating in the annual giant-pumpkin weigh-off.
Although Henry Banman’s entry fell short of his 2011 record — 1,379.8 lbs. — he took home the championship with a pumpkin weighing 1,111.5 lbs. It’s the sixth time he’s won the grand prize since he began entering the competition 11 years ago.
Evan Bartel of Morris came in second with a pumpkin weighing 1,067 pounds. Third place went to Dave Reimer of Roland.
Interest in giant pumpkins has been growing in Roland since Edgar VanWyck made the Guinness Book of World Records in 1977 for growing what was the largest pumpkin at that time.
All photos by Shannon VanRaes.