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"The third week in July my biggest pumpkin grew 30 pounds a day for 10 days." -- David Starner (Echo Press photo by Jo Colvin)

The Great Pumpkin has arrived

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Linus from the famed Peanuts cartoon can finally say, "I told you so."

The Great Pumpkin has arrived - and it's in David Starner's garden.

As of September 4, the gigantic orange blob lying amidst a sea of green vines and leaves on Starner's farm near Hoffman reached a hefty 1,029 pounds. This substantial squash helped Starner reach his long-time goal of growing a 1,000-pound pumpkin.

Which begs the question, "Why?"

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