October 16, 2020
There are people who like growing big pumpkins. And then there are people who really, really, REALLY like growing big pumpkins.
Count Utah neurologist Mohamed Sadiq among that latter group.
At Utah’s recent Giant Pumpkin Growers weigh-off, Dr. Sadiq set a new state record, with a gourd that weighed in at 1,825 pounds. Seven other pumpkins in the competition weighed over 1,000 pounds each.
Sadiq spends at least an hour a day lovingly tending to his giant pumpkins, an activity that he describes as “a sport,” not a hobby. His wife, meanwhile, calls herself a “pumpkin widow.”
I was wondering what they do with those pumpkins once the competition is over. In Colorado, at the conclusion of the giant pumpkin weigh-off in Littleton, the pumpkins are hoisted 100 feet in the air by a construction crane and, after the crowd has counted down to zero, dropped to the ground with a satisfying — and humongous — *splat*.
Now THAT would be worth raising a giant pumpkin for.