Belmont Park displays Santee family’s giant pumpkin

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Every Saturday until November 14, Belmont Park will welcome guests to their annual Harvest Walk. The free event features a ton of opportunities to enjoy a safe, outdoor Halloween environment. This year it even features a special contest asking visitors to guess just how much a gigantic pumpkin on display weighs.

“I’ve been growing pumpkins on and off for about 20 years, Joshua has been doing it for a couple of years,” said Jim Fredricks, the Santee resident responsible for growing the pumpkin. “It’s great gardening together, hanging out with the boys and if you can believe it, it grew about 35 pounds a day, that’s max.”

KUSI first met the Fredricks family last year when their pumpkin took home second place in a state-wide competition. It also broke the record for the largest pumpkin ever grown in San Diego County.

“We always set out to grow as big as we can. I didn’t think it was going to be quite this big, and I can’t give away the weight, but it might be the largest pumpkin in the southern part of the state,” Fredricks said. “The range of weight is 1,000 to 2,000 pounds, who knows what it’s between but it’s massive.”

The family is being pretty tight-lipped about how much this year’s pumpkin weighs because Belmont Park is making it all part of their Harvest Walk Festival. A grand prize will be given to the person who guesses how much the pumpkin weighs.

You can visit the Harvest Walk every Saturday at Belmont Park. Admission is free, but don’t forget your face mask.

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