Ribbons and awards are on display in Eddie Giarrusso's home on Prudence Island. Memorabilia from the giant pumpkins he's grown in years past.
This year, Eddie grew three good pumpkins in his backyard, even after a very tough growing season. He explains, "we had a lot of rain, and we didn't have much sun early in the year, you need sun." The rain surplus in early summer along with cooler August temperatures didn't create the exact results Eddie was looking for. He goes on, "You just hope you get up to 30, 40, 45 pounds a day, I didn't get that this year."
Next weekend at Frerich's Farm, Eddie will be competing with his largest pumpkin this year, hoping for a win.
Getting that pumpkin from Prudence Island to Warren is a bit of an undertaking. Eddie says, "we lift it, I have a trailer right there, slide that trailer under it, pull it out in the car. I have to make a reservation on the boat way ahead of time."
The science of growing these gigantic pumpkins has become one of Eddie's passions. He pollinates the blooms himself and he and his wife keep meticulous records of the history of their gourds. At 75, he has no plans on slowing down either, saying, "I'm only seventy-five, how many more years? Until I can't walk."