The small world of giant pumpkins in Alaska just got bigger.
The state's field of competitive growers -- all two of them -- squared off at the Alaska State Fair's Midnight Sun Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off on Tuesday.
Anchorage's Dale Marshall hauled in a pale orange 1,182-pound monster that edged out state record holder J.D. Megchelsen for the top prize.
Megchelsen's pumpkin actually weighed more -- 1,289 pounds, two pounds over his own record -- but a hole in the bottom disqualified the Nikiski grower's entry from the competition.
Marshall was modest in victory. After all, he grew a monster 1,789-pound pumpkin two years ago that got disqualified for a small hole that extended into the inner cavity. That violates fair rules requiring structurally sound produce.
We were disappointed to find - after we arrived at the fair on Sunday - that the giant veggies wouldn't be on display until later. Ah, well.