The Rim Country’s Giant Pumpkin Project came to a close this week. A group of competitive gardeners hoped to grow a state record-breaking pumpkin out in Flowing Springs this summer but came up short.

Still, the group produced some impressive pumpkins — one weighing 217 pounds and the other coming in at 181.

The giants were donated to the Town of Payson’s Trunk or Treat event and sent to Rim Country Middle School for carving. They had to be hoisted up with heavy equipment and filled up the bed of a pick-up, which hauled the duo to the school.

The competitors will give it another shot next year, using a new patch with much better soil that contains a huge amount of organics, starting a month earlier and adding a “super” fertilizer mixed specifically for our plants.

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