(A lift crew works to hoist up a giant pumpkin onto the scale during the New England Giant pumpkin weigh-in at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, Massachusetts on October 1, 2021. – The fair started in 1820 as a cattle showing and has been in Topsfield on the same grounds since 1910. The New England Giant pumpkin weigh-in, run by the New England Giant Pumpkin Growers Association, started in 1984 as an of shoot of the festival’s Family Garden Largest Cucurbit Contest, which still runs today as a separate contest. The contest’s first winner was 433 lbs and the record is 2,294.5 lbs from 2019. Photo: Joseph Prezioso-AFP)
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