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That’s one great pumpkin, Mr. Strombeck!

THE GREAT PUMPKIN - Randy Strombeck of West Chazy stands behind a giant pumpkin he is growing in his backyard on Slosson Road. The pumpkin currently weighs approximately 1,002 pounds and will be entered in a competition in Vermont Oct. 8.

THE GREAT PUMPKIN - Randy Strombeck of West Chazy stands behind a giant pumpkin he is growing in his backyard on Slosson Road. The pumpkin currently weighs approximately 1,002 pounds and will be entered in a competition in Vermont Oct. 8. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau.

— What he found works best is a combination of organic fertilizer, regular waterings and, of course, the right seeds.

“The seeds for this pumpkin came from a 1,622-pound pumpkin from Des Moines, Iowa,” said Strombeck. “I got them from a guy I chatted with on the website.”

Strombeck began growing his current big pumpkin back in July, and has seen steady growth with it week by week, with his creation sometimes shooting up several pounds overnight.

“I’ve had one go up 37 pounds before overnight,” claimed Strombeck.

Why does he do it? The fame? The glory? The cash prizes he could win?

None of the above.

“It’s fun to see the excitement it creates,” said Strombeck. “There’s this awe people have that have never seen a pumpkin get that big.”

“If you’ve never seen really big pumpkin, it’s something you’ve got to see,” he said.

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