At 2,150 pounds, King Pumpkin sets Ohio state record in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE – The new “King Pumpkin” in Barnesville is the most regal of them all.

The gargantuan gourd entered tonight by Barnesville residents Todd and Donna Skinner during the village’s annual Pumpkin Festival weighed in at a whopping 2,150 pounds – a new Ohio state record.

The Skinners’ pumpkin shattered their own festival record of 1,739 pounds, set just last year. And they almost didn’t make it – their entry at 8:53 p.m. came a mere seven minutes before the 9 p.m. cutoff.

For their efforts, the Skinners will win $4,300 – $2 per pound.

The Pumpkin Festival runs today through Sunday, with the annual parade at 2 p.m. Saturday.