Wahoo man sets state record with giant pumpkin

WAHOO – A man from Wahoo is now the proud owner of a state record.

He grew the largest pumpkin in Nebraska pumpkin history.

Brent Cernik took his massive pumpkin across eastern Nebraska and much of Iowa, past Des Moines, into the town of Anamosa – a place touted as the “Pumpkin Capital of Iowa.” This Saturday, the town hosted its annual Anamosa Pumpkinfest and the Ryan Norlan GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-off.

After the results were in, Cernik learned his pumpkin weighed the most of any in Nebraska, coming in at a whopping 1,492.5 lbs. That beat a prior state record of 1,399 lbs.

A new state record was also set for Iowa. Dan Carlson & Marc Petersen of Clinton, Iowa, grew a pumpkin weighing in at 1,800.5 lbs. That broke the previous state record of 1,662 lbs set in 2007.