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York Fair going for ‘World Records’
BY JOYCE BUPP
YORK Just how big is the
world’s biggest apple? Or squash?
The York Fair board aims to find
some giants of the horticultural
world - and has put up a purse of
prizes tht should send both
professional growers and
backyard gardeners heading for
the patch with a bag of fertilizer
and watering can.
A $l,OOO prize, per class, is up for
grabs to any grower who can beat
the current world’s record in any
of ten different classes of fruits and
Placings will be determined by
weight. To win the “World’s
Biggest” class, an entry must be
largest in the class and beat the
current world’s record as defined
in the newest edition of the
Guinness Book of World Records.
Classes include apple, cabbage,
cantaloupe, cauliflower, gourd,
pear, potato, squash (including
pumpkins), tomato and water
For whopper produce that
doesn’t quite measure up to world
record competition, the Fair board
is offering a second “records”
category. A $25 premium, per
class, is offered in the “York
Fair’s Largest” category, also to
be determined by weight.
Since this year’s competition for
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the York Fair records is the first,
with no previous records to beat,
entries have a chance to hold the
fair title for at least one year along
with earning a $25 premium.
Classes for the York Fair record
category include apple, cabbage,
cantaloupe, gourd, nectarine,
pear, potato, squash (including
pumpkin), tomato and water
According to Don Lanius,
manager of the horticultural
department, a blue-ribbon com
mittee has been selected to make
final rulings on the entries in the
World’s Largest Class. Members
are Tony Dobrosky, York
agricultural extension agent, John
T. Smith, retired county agent and
member of the York Fair Board,
and John Hope Anderson, retired
state legislator, fruitgrower, and
life member of the York County
Agricultural Society, organizers of
the York Fair.
Researchers at Martin Library
in York, on checking the 1984
edition of the Guinness Book of
World Records offer, a bit of in
formation on current world record
An apple grown in England in
1965 holds the world’s record at 3
pounds, 1 ounce. Largest cabbage,
grown in England in 1965, was of
the red variety, and measured 259
inches in circumference and
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weighed 123 pounds.
English growers also hold claim
on the record cauliflower, a 52
pound, 11 and one half-ounce
whopper, and the world’s largest
potato, which weighed in at 18
pounds, four ounces.
A pear, grown in Australia, is the
world title holder at 3 pounds, 1
Domestic growers hold several
records, including the largest
squash, at 513 pounds, which was
grown in Indiana, and an Ohio
grown gourd that topped the scales
at 196 pounds.
A tomato grown in Wisconsin in
1976 holds world honors at 6
pounds, 8 ounces. The record on
watermelons stands at 219 pounds,
and a cantaloupe at 55 pounds,
growing sites unknown.
Manager Lanius also notes that
no entry fees will be charged this
year for horticultural exhibits.
Instead, competitors will receive
two rebate coupons worth one
dollar each when redeemed with
adult gate admission stubs.
The York Interstate Fair will run
from Sept. 7 through 15. For fur
ther information on horticultural
entries, contact the York Fair
office, 334 Carlisle Avenue, York,
at 717-848-2596, weekdays 9:00 a.m.
through 4:00 p.m.
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