Big winners chosen in NC pumpkin and melon weigh-off

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The North Carolina State Fair may be canceled but the annual giant pumpkin and watermelon weigh-off was still on.

Growers from across the state brought a variety of gourds to the fairgrounds to be weighed Saturday.

The biggest pumpkin out of the bunch – – a massive white one grown in Arden, and weighing a whopping 523.5 pounds.

The biggest melon was grown in Garner — weighing in at 255.5 pounds.

The fall tradition is fun but also very competitive. Growers spend months tending to their crops.

“I spend roughly 40-60 hours a week on 10 plants. That’s from pruning to feeding to testing to making sure they’re healthy, checking the melons, it’s a lot of work,” said Andrew Vial.

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