Richard and Catherine Wallace stand with their 2,261.5-pound pumpkin that set the North American giant pumpkin record at the Frerichs Farm Pumpkin Weigh
Richard and Catherine Wallace stand with their 2,261.5-pound pumpkin that set the North American giant pumpkin record at the Frerichs Farm Pumpkin Weigh Off in Warren, R.I. (Ron Wallace / Associated Press)

Dad squashes son's giant pumpkin record with 2,261-pounder

WARREN, R.I. — A Rhode Island man has squashed a record set by his son by taking first prize in a pumpkin contest with a 2,261.5-pound gourd.

WJAR-TV reports Richard Wallace's 2,261.5-pound pumpkin beat the North American giant pumpkin record set by his son, Ron, at the same event last year. Ron Wallace's pumpkin topped the scales at 2,230 pounds at the Frerichs Farm Pumpkin Weigh Off in Warren in 2015.

Ron Wallace was the first person in the world to break the 1-ton barrier when he grew a 2,009-pound pumpkin in 2012.

The younger Wallace said last year that his secret is "a lot of hard work" and what he calls the Wallace organic wonder fertilizer.

Frerichs Farm has hosted the event since 2000.

City picks fake Christmas tree to avoid 'Charlie Brown' stir

READING, Pa. — A Pennsylvania mayor has reluctantly signed off on a plan to erect a 35-foot tall artificial tree to avoid a "Charlie Brown" Christmas tree controversy like one that erupted two years ago.

The Reading Eagle reports Reading Mayor Wally Scott is a fan of natural trees but wanted to avoid the stir caused when city workers erected a scraggly real tree two years ago. The tree was first ridiculed then embraced by residents when it was likened to the scrawny tree featured in "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

The artificial tree will boast 1,250 ornaments, more than 1,900 lights and a 5-foot star.


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The FirstEnergy Foundation is donating $17,000. The Downtown Improvement District is paying the rest: nearly $4,400.

The tree should last 15 to 20 years.

Associated Press