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38-pounder takes top prize in Dudkiewicz pumpkin contest

  • John Hanslom of Hadley poses with his prize winning 39 pound pumpkin Friday.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS
  • John Hanslom of Hadley poses with his prize winning 39 pound pumpkin Friday.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS

John raised a 38-pound pumpkin. Seth Chartier and Tyler Prats took second place by each growing 17½-pound pumpkins. They will split the $50 prize. Sara Czajkowski and Dylan Vinton took third with 14½-pounders. They will share $25.

All began growing their pumpkins while in the second grade, the grade Myron Dudkiewicz was in when he grew a 188-pound pumpkin. It was deemed the largest in the country. He died in 2010 of pancreatic cancer.

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