This pumpkin grown by Dwight Slone of Prestonburg, Ky., received top honors in the Indiana State Fair Giant Pumpkin Contest. It weighed a whopping 1,039.5 pounds.
This pumpkin grown by Dwight Slone of Prestonburg, Ky., received top honors in the Indiana State Fair Giant Pumpkin Contest. It weighed a whopping 1,039.5 pounds.

INDIANAPOLIS — Charlie Brown may want to consider looking for the Great Pumpkin at the Indiana State Fair.

Producers took part in the Indiana State Fair Giant Pumpkin Contest to see if their hefty gourds were large enough to earn the title of champion giant pumpkin.

This year’s honor went to Dwight Slone of Prestonburg, Ky., whose prize-winning Atlantis Giant pumpkin tipped the scales at 1,039.5 pounds.

“It feels so great to win,” Slone said in a statement from the Indiana State Fair. “I do what a lot of the other guys do, but I guess I just got lucky this year.”

In fact, he noted that because of excessive rainfall throughout the summer, he wasn’t sure if he was going to have a pumpkin to exhibit at all.

Not only did his pumpkin take home first prize, it also weighed 112 pounds more than the second-place pumpkin exhibited by grower John Barenie, who had won the past three years.

The following are the names of all the exhibitors who entered the Giant Pumpkin Contest, along with the official weights of their pumpkins:

* Dwight and Karen Slone of Prestonburg, Ky. — 1,039.5 pounds;

* John Barenie of Griffith — 927.5 pounds;

* David Cantrell of Corryton, Tenn. — 669.5 pounds;

* Kelly Klinker of Woodburn — 373.5 pounds; and

* Mikkal Hodge of Morristown — 300.5 pounds.