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Botanical Garden Home To 1,800-Pound Pumpkin Until Oct. 30

Grown In Quebec, This Beast Is Believed To Be The Biggest In The World
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The price of admission will get you into the Botanical Garden and allow you to witness the giant pumpkins display. This one, grown in Quebec, Canada, is the biggest, weighing in at more than 1,800 pounds. (Photo: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Halloween is less than two weeks away. And for some people, that means it’s time to pick a pumpkin.

How about a really big pumpkin?

Four of the biggest pumpkins in the world have just made their way to the city. You can’t buy them, but you can visit them, reports CBS 2’s Elise Finch.

They’re multicolored and they’re huge. And together they weigh 7,000 pounds. And for the next 10 days, they’ll be on display at the New York Botanical Garden.

“The Garden has a series of things over the year to bring in exciting things to look at. The giant pumpkins are here because they’re just so interesting,” said the Botanical Garden’s Michael Nee.

The top four winning pumpkins from weigh-offs in the United States and Canada are on display. Two of the giant gourds were grown in California; another in Pennsylvania. But the one that broke the world record for the heaviest pumpkin is from Quebec. Jim Bryson and his 12-year-old daughter, Kelsey, are responsible for one that weighs in at 1,818.5 pounds.

“We started this pumpkin from a seed that we grew last year,” Jim Bryson said.

“I think it’s pretty amazing that like me out of the world who grew giant pumpkins, me and my dad have the biggest, like the heaviest,” Kelsey Bryson added.

“It’s a seven-day-a-week job. Each on of these … if a pumpkin weighs 1,800 pounds, 1,600 of it is water,” Nee added.

The price of admissions will get you on to the grounds where you can see the pumpkins up close. But you need to hurry before Halloween arrives because these gourds will go.

The pumpkins will be on display through Oct. 30, but the largest one will be carved into Halloween figures this weekend.

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