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New Richmond man trying to regain record of world's largest pumpkin

A giant pumpkin
A giant pumpkin

STILLWATER, MN (WTAQ) - Chris Stevens is on a mission.

The New Richmond man will try to take back the record for the world's largest pumpkin, during a festival this weekend in Stillwater Minnesota.

Two years ago, Stevens won a contest at the same festival with a world record gourd of 1,810.5 pounds.

Last fall, Ron Wallace of Rhode Island shattered the record, with a pumpkin weighing 2,009 pounds.

Now, Stevens tells WQOW-TV in Eau Claire that he has a chance to break Wallace's record. He says it's uncertain for now, because he can only estimate the weight of his newest entry.

Stevens had a scare this week a small bear apparently climbed onto the huge pumpkin. He said the animal left claw marks, holes, and wet spots in his creation.

Stevens has spent 8 years growing giant pumpkins.