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Punkin Chunkin: Pasadena Woman's Giant Pumpkins Destroyed

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Mae Powell has a passion for pumpkins. The 93 year-old woman is known throughout Pasadena for growing giant gourds, but last night things got messy. According to the Pasadena Star News, a handful of her prized pumpkins were destroyed in the middle of the night.

Says the Star:

One of the pumpkins destroyed was a 300 pound “giant pumpkin” Powell, 93, was planning to enter into the “Pumpkinmania” weigh-off contest in Irvine this October. But now, she said, it’s ruined. “Every year I win a prize,” she said, “but I can’t enter this one now. ... Who knows what I’ll do.”

Sounds like the work of some angsty teenagers to us. Powell is offering a $1000 reward to anyone with information regarding the pumpkin smashers.

And just in case you're curious about how people grow such giant gourds, here's a video with one of California's champion growers from Half Moon Bay:

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