On September 28, a pumpkin named the Freak II squashed the Guinness World Record for the heaviest pumpkin. Ron Wallace, from Greene, Rhode Island, grew the giant gourd. It weighed in at 2,009 pounds at the New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off, in Topsfield, Massachusetts. Wallace beat the old world record by almost 200 pounds. He is the first person ever to grow a one-ton pumpkin. Wallace took home $15,500 in prize money.