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3rd Great Pumpkin for Griffith Man

John Barenie of Griffith has his third win in the Indiana State Fair's Giant Pumpkin Contest. Here's info and photo from the Indiana State Fair:

GIant Pumpkin

INDIANAPOLIS – John Barenie from Griffith, Ind., claimed first place for the second straight year and the third time overall at the 11th annual Indiana State Fair Giant Pumpkin Contest. His prize winning pumpkin tipped the scales at 1,293 pounds to top John Van Hook’s entry by 208 pounds, but fell 15 pounds shy of his own state record set in 2011.  

“It feels so great to win again,” Barenie said. “Seasons can be tough so you never what you’re going to get. You can’t take anything for granted.”

Barenie is the only Hoosier to ever win the State Fair competition, something he did last year and in the inaugural contest in 2002.  The Indiana Pumpkin Growers Association awarded Barenie with a $1,000 check and a trophy.

Here is a complete list of all eight entries:

Name
 Hometown
 Pumpkin Weight
 
1. John Barenie
 Griffith, Ind.
 1,293 pounds
 
2. John Van Hook
 Somerset, Ky.
 1,085 pounds
 
3. Trent Boyde
 Cullmon, Ala.
 885 pounds
 
4. David Cantrell
 Corryton, Tenn.
 620 pounds
 
5. Thomas Gary
 Indianapolis
 609 pounds
 
6. Jeffrey Young
 Hamilton County, Ind.
 553 pounds
 
7. Mikkal Hodge
 Morristown, Ind.
 299 pounds
 
8. Kelly Klinker
 Woodburn, Ind.
 260 pounds

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