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Chris Stevens, of New Richmond, celebrates as his friend and mentor Joe Ailts announces his pumpkin’s official weight at the Stillwater Harvest Fest weigh-off on Saturday, Oct. 12. Stevens beat the runner up by just four pounds. (Photo by Micheal Foley)

A growing obsession: New Richmond fertile with giant pumpkin growers

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A New Richmond man and former giant pumpkin world record holder placed first at last weekend’s Stillwater Harvest Fest with a pumpkin weighing in at 1,783.5 pounds. He edged his closest competitor by just four pounds.

Chris Stevens put New Richmond on the map in world-class giant pumpkin growers in 2010 when he broke the world record with a 1,810.5-pound pumpkin.

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Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley joined RiverTown Multimedia in July 2013 and serves as editor at the New Richmond News. In the past he has worked at several news outlets including Patch.com in Hudson, Wis., the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He began his career as a Marine Corps journalist. He served as a reporter and photographer in Okinawa, Japan, and editor of the base newspaper at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
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