Weighing in at the Topsfield Fair

All those pretty orange gowns on the red carpet at last night’s Emmy Awards reminded us of the Topsfield Fair which opens this Friday (Sept. 28). The Emmy ladies would probably not want to be part of a weigh-in ritual, but weight is what it’s all about at the Giant Pumpkin Contest. The 2011 winner from Manchester-by-the-Sea weighed 1,668.5 pounds—but the record of 1,689 pounds is held by the 2007 orb from North Scituate, Rhode Island.

Speaking of giant pumpkins, holy cow, this one in today’s paper will be tough to beat.

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