08/30/11 - 6:13pm
J.D. Megchelsen tucks in his giant pumpkin between 8:30 and 9 most evenings.
Using a beige blanket, he covers the bulbous, pale mass to conserve warmth. The pumpkin — estimated to weigh more than 1,300 pounds — is pale; sickly almost. Lacking the vivid orange hue of its smaller Halloween peers, it hardly looks like a pumpkin at all.
But it’s not about growing the prettiest one or the biggest one, Megchelsen said. It’s about growing the heaviest pumpkin in the state — and maybe some day, the world.