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Bigger is better when it comes to being recognized for the fruits of your garden patch.

If you're planning to enter some of your garden harvest in your State Fair, you better go big or go home! It's no surprise that mammoth pumpkins, squash, watermelons and cabbage heads bring home the blue ribbons. Take a look at these record-setting vegetables for inspiration.


If you're planning to enter some of your garden harvest in your State Fair, you better go big or go home! It's no surprise that mammoth pumpkins, squash, watermelons and cabbage heads bring home the blue ribbons. Take a look at these record-setting vegetables for inspiration.



The massive pumpkin (1,392 lbs.) above is the pride of Vermont Giant Vegetable Growers Association. In 2008, Mark Breznick and his wife won multiple awards for not one, not two, but three giant pumpkins! Oh, what jack-o'-lanterns they must have made!

 



No, it's not photo-shopped. This ridiculously large head of cabbage is the real deal, grown by Alaskan gardener John Evans. Evans has more than 40 years of gardening experience and comes from a line of expert horticulturists. He and his wife have won more than 180 first places in the Alaska State Fair competitions in both quality and giant vegetable categories, and also hold 18 State and seven World Records.

 



At 1,234 lbs., this squash could easily squash you (and me). The 2007 Guiness Book of Records inductee was grown by Brad Wursten of the Netherlands. He had to use a crane to put the massive squash on display!

To win blue ribbons, do you need 1,000 pound veggies? Probably not. But think of the photo ops!

 
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