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8:58 PM Sun, Sept. 23rd

Prescott Valley man grows giant pumpkin

Each fall, Peanuts comic strip character Linus searches for The Great Pumpkin. Little did Linus know that all he had to do was visit Dan Rockrick's garden in Prescott Valley.

The pumpkin growing in Rockrick's garden this fall was too heavy for him to get to the Yavapai County Fair.

"It must be 100 pounds," he said. "I can't lift it."

He estimates that the pumpkin is about 2.5 feet wide.

Rockrick's daughter-in-law gave him the seeds that grew into the oversized squash.

"I don't know what I'll do with it," he said. "Maybe make a jack-o-lantern or talk my wife into making a pie."

Each year, Rockrick plants grapes, tomatoes, green beans, corn and pumpkins in his garden.

"One year, I grew zucchini to see how big they would get. I had one that weighed 16 pounds," Rockrick said.

Next year, he plans to cut off the suckers in front of the pumpkin.

"That way all of the strength will go to the pumpkin and make it even bigger," Rockrick said.

The Daily Courier wants to know if there are any other large pumpkins out there. Growers can call City Editor Scott W.L. Daravanis at 445-3333 ext. 2032 or sent him an e-mail at sdaravanis@prescottaz.com.

Contact the reporter at jtwaddell@prescottaz.com