Death of the Pumpkin King
This past week Howard Dill died. He was one of Canada's interesting characters. He became know a the Pumpkin King for growing and developing the Atlantic Giant Pumpkins on his farm in Windsor, Nova Scotia. For four years in a row he grew the largest pumpkin. Others have now taken the records even higher, often with seed purchased from Howard Dill.
To see the 2007 World Record pumpkin visit http://www.pumpkinnook.com/giants/giantpumpkins.htm
At 1685 pounds it is an amazing 187 pounds heavier than the previous record.
Dill is famous for another reason. On his farm is Long Pond, one of the sacred places (to Canadians) where the game of hockey was first played. How more important to Canadian history can that be.
How dull life would be without individuals who have their obsessions and follow through on them.
Growing giant pumpkins is now widely attempted and many a Farm Fair features them. Some communities, like Windsor, Nova Scotia have taken on the giant pumpkin as the reason for a summer festival. http://www.pbase.com/thelamb/windsors_pumpkin_regatta_2007 As a paddler I enjoy the paddling of a pumpkin, beat's bathtub racing!
A giant pumpkin from a Kentucky State Fair. I am impressed with its perfect shape. What a wonderful Jack-O-Lantern it would make.
Another giant. most seem to be heavily ridges and many are very flat and misshapened from lying on the ground.
Could you imagine bovine embryo transplant into a pumpkin.? Where will the tinkering with mother Nature end?? (Smile the article that goes with this photo was dated, April 1.)