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story.lead_photo.caption The top three watermelons with their growers are pictured at the recent weigh-off at the Old Washington Farmer's Market. Tony Prochaska, center, had the winning melon, at 225.7 pounds.

WASHINGTON, Ark. — On Saturday, Sept. 5, the Old Washington Farmer's Market hosted an official watermelon weigh-off site for the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth in Washington, Arkansas.

The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth provides official venues for growers to weigh several varieties of fruit and vegetables, including watermelons, across the country. They then give prizes for the largest weighed item of its type in the world, according to a news release.

There were a total of six entries for the weigh-off with growers coming from Arkansas and Kansas. The winners were:

1st place Tony Prochaska of Simpson, Kansas, with 225.7 pounds;

2nd place Jerry Lindley of Wynne, Arkansas, with 157.5 pounds; and

3rd place Jeremy Lindley of Wynne, Arkansas, with 157.4 pounds.

The current world record for watermelon is held by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tennessee, at 350.5 pounds. To see current watermelon weights worldwide for 2020, visit

Also, Jeremy Lindley of Wynne, Arkansas, entered a squash to be weighed in for the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth squash competition. The squash officially weighed 244.1 pounds.

For more information and photos, check out the Old Washington Farmer's Market on Facebook. The market takes place every Saturday from May until Labor Day weekend from 8 a.m. to noon, providing a place for local produce to be sold.

— From Old Washington Farmer's Market


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