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What it takes to grow giant pumpkins

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HUNTINGTON, Vt. -

Kevin Companion likes to think big. He's grown pumpkins for 20 years. His super-sized crop looks impressive.

"I started growing them for my children," he said. "We started growing the big ones and it led to this."

This-- is a giant gourd weighing hundreds of pounds. But the best part is there's an even bigger one. Companion planted the seed to his giant pumpkin in April and has watched it grow, sometimes up to 40 pounds a day.

"There's a lot of work," he said. "You have to pick your seeds, work on soil, then you add supplements, a lot of watering. We water 450 gallons a day on four plants when it was dry."

This plump pumpkin is on the move. Saturday, this baby is off to Sam Mazza's Farm Market for the giant pumpkin weigh-in, where Companion hopes to beat the state record.

Kevin Companion: The number to beat is 1,498 pounds.

Reporter Gina Bullard: What do you think you have?

Companion: I hope I have one pound over. That's all we need. Hopefully, we're in the mid 15s.

Even if it doesn't beat the state record Saturday, it's already beat Companion's personal best of 1,378 pounds.

"It's big," he said.

Our fingers are crossed... now bring on the pie.

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