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Christy Harp shows off her 1,725-pound Atlantic giant pumpkin.

1,725-pound pumpkin takes the prize

CANTON, Ohio – A teacher from Ohio has won top honors in a pumpkin-growing contest with a 1,725-pound behemoth that could land worldwide bragging rights.

Christy Harp of Jackson Township near Canton took first place at the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers annual weigh-off Saturday in Canfield. She won $2,500 and could claim the world title.

Contest organizers say the entry topped the 1,689-pound record-holder grown in 2007 by Joe Jutras of North Scituate, R.I.

The seeds from Harp’s winning pumpkin will be dried and given to anyone who asks.

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