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Nelson Man Hopes Half-Ton Pumpkin is Biggest in the State

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"Lucky" the pumpkin "Lucky" the pumpkin

A Nelson County man thinks the largest pumpkin in the state is in his pumpkin patch.  William Layton devoted his summer to growing a monster pumpkin he named Lucky.

Layton has spent years mastering the art of pumpkin growing, and now he's headed to the Virginia State Fair in hopes of breaking a record. "Lucky" is competing as the biggest pumpkin in the state of Virginia, and there's no doubt it is the plumpest one in the patch. Since the pumpkin was pollinated  two and a half months ago - it has packed on 1,000 pounds.

Layton says Lucky's growth comes from hard work and dedication, but some of it might come from a little bit of luck. The pumpkin sprouted from the seed of Layton's previous award-winning pumpkin that won the state title for the largest pumpkin in 2007 - weighing in at 1,200 pounds.

Layton says the secret to growing a pumpkin like Lucky is all in the compost: "Wood products, vegetable matter, leaves and stuff like that."      

Layton says he can't believe all of this summer's rain hasn't stunted Lucky's growth. 

"I've had nothing but trouble. I've done stuff to this pumpkin that normally would have killed it and it just keeps on growing," he said.

Layton says he hopes Lucky takes home the award at this year's state fair.   

If you're interested in checking out Lucky, it will be on display at the Virginia State Fair on September 28. After the fair, Layton hopes to share the pumpkin seeds so everybody has a chance of growing their own giant pumpkin next year.

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