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Saturday, April 11, 2020 Vineman Eugene,OR

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One of the stops on the patch tour was at Lincoln Mettler’s house. Lincoln had won the Half Moon Bay World Championships a couple times. I had no idea who he was. I also had no idea that he would change my pumpkin growing perspective and approach by matter-of-factually saying these words: “The only reason to grow pumpkins is to try to break the world record.” Lincoln was the first grower I’d ever seen who openly shared this kind of crazy goal with a group of strangers. At that moment my childhood dream changed into a grown-up’s obsession.

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