Riverton Man Wins Wyoming Weigh-In With 1,045 Lb. Pumpkin
Ron Hoffman was the big winner at the 2019 Wyoming Pumpkin Weigh-In in Worland this weekend. Hoffman's largest pumpkin tipped the scales at 1,045 pounds.
The Riverton resident holds the state record, which was set in 2016 with a massive 1,322-pound pumpkin. During the last decade, Hoffman has grown seven of the ten largest pumpkins in Wyoming history, including another 1,300-pounder in 2017.
Hoffman is one of several pumpkin farmers across the Cowboy State. Cheyenne resident and former Wyoming record holder Andy Corbin documents his crop on the website PumpkinFantatic.com. Jay Richard, who took second place with a 992-pound pumpkin hosts the annual event in Worland. Corbin didn't go to Worland this year but hopes to regain the state record when his pumpkins hit the scales at an event in Colorado this weekend.
"We had a yucky weather day, but still had a great turnout," Richard said. "There were hundreds of people there for the pumpkin drops."
Hoffman and Richard both donated pumpkins for the finale, which were hoisted 200 feet by crane, then released over several targets, including an old truck.