Local Water Worker wins State Grower’s Record

Local Water Worker wins State record. France Stinchcomb
Local Water Worker wins State record. France Stinchcomb(Valeria Fugate)
Published: Oct. 16, 2021 at 7:05 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Autumn is the season of falling leaves, warm spices and, according to France Stinchcomb, the current Wyoming State Record holder, BIG PUMPKINS.

Stinchcomb, a Water Utility Worker for the City of Cheyenne, won the state record with his gourd that sits at over 1,500 pounds.

This behemoth has been an ongoing project for the 18-year gardener.

A vegetable contest that started at work began his pumpkin growing craze years ago, and he hasn’t looked back since.

Since then, Stinchcomb has grown his vegetables outside of town in his raised garden with his wife.

“It takes probably a full year, but it is amazing that I pollinated it on July 5th and within a hundred days it weighs 1,544 pounds,” said Stinchcomb.

The pumpkin was entered into the Fort Collins Rocky Mountain Giant Vegetable Growers’ Association contest and had to be lifted onto a flatbed for transportation with a crane.

Stinchcombe took second in the contest. First place was given to a Colorado grower whose pumpkin was over 1,600 pounds.

Stinchcomb says he’ll carve the pumpkin for display for Halloween and will eventually sell the seeds for other growers to compete in future competitions.

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