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Giant Pumpkins

first_imgPumpkins are a staple of the fall season. Some people like pumpkins baked in pie, and some like them carved and lit up on their front porches for Halloween. Georgia 4-H’ers, on the other hand, like them to weigh hundreds of pounds. Each year, Georgia 4-H holds a pumpkin-growing contest where student members have the opportunity to put their green thumb to the test and grow a pumpkin that will outweigh the rest. Jessie Holbrook of Union County, who submitted a pumpkin weighing 644 pounds, took first place in the pumpkin-growing contest this year. Lauren Wheeler of Laurens County won second place with a 511-pound pumpkin, and Reagan Covington of Union County placed third with a pumpkin weighing 479 pounds. The top three 4-H’ers will receive a cash prize from the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association to celebrate their hard work. Other noteworthy pumpkin growers include:Morgan Peney of Union County,  whose 463-pound pumpkin came in fourth placeAliceyn Covington of Union County, whose 340-pound pumpkin came in fifth placeJordan Pandolph of Union County, whose 307-pound pumpkin came in sixth placeGrayson Collins of Union County, whose 199-pound pumpkin came in seventh placeMaggie Payne of Union County, whose 171-pound pumpkin came in eighth placeLane Anderson of Lumpkin County, whose 165-pound pumpkin came in ninth placeDrew Grimes of Tift County, whose 155-pound pumpkin came in tenth placeGeorgia 4-H Program Specialist Michael Rabalais, who organizes the 4-H pumpkin-growing contest as well as the summer watermelon-growing contest, said that the competitions sharpen participants’ gardening skills and give them a feeling of accomplishment.“I love the pumpkin-growing contest because I think it teaches our youth a lot of really valuable skills. It’s hard to raise a pumpkin as big as some of the ones our 4-H’ers submit, and to do so requires a huge amount of patience, dedication and responsibility, so getting to celebrate those traits is really exciting,” Rabalais said. “I’m so glad 4-H’ers respond so well to the competition, and I hope I get to see even bigger pumpkins next year.”For more information about the Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest, contact the Georgia 4-H agent in your county by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Chargers’ Melvin Gordon won’t report to training camp, reports say

first_imgScheduled to be paid $5.6 million in 2019, Gordon was at mandatory minicamp last month after sitting out voluntary workouts earlier this offseason. However, he informed the team that he won’t attend camp without a new deal and will demand a trade if he doesn’t get one.If Gordon’s holdout carries into the regular season, he would need to return by Week 10 in order to get credit for the final year of his four-year, $10,67 million contract. The Chargers could then use the franchise tag and try to trade him in the offseason. Related News To no one’s surprise, Melvin Gordon will be a training camp no-show Wednesday, according to multiple reports that cited unidentified sources.According to NFL Media, Gordon’s holdout “should be lengthy, as talks are expected to halt” and the team “will focus on the backs who are there” in camp. Gordon will be subject to fines as he follows through on his plans to hold out in hope of landing a new contract. Gordon has insisted he has the support of his teammates, who he says he told last week that he would be holding out, as well as top players around the league.”They’re all behind me. They all got my back,” Gordon told ESPN. “They all told me, ‘You know what — we don’t really speak on contracts — but you just go and do what’s best for your family.’ And I’m glad I got that support from them.” Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey arrives at training camp in armored money truck He added: “A lot of running backs have reached out to me just saying go out and get what you deserve.” Gordon, 26, had 1,375 combined rushing and receiving yards and a career-high 14 touchdowns last season, despite missing four games. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has had three consecutive seasons of more than 1,300 total yards and 12 touchdowns. Packers to release Mike Daniels, former Pro Bowl defensive tackle, report says Two Browns players in top 5 for NFLPA best-selling merchandise for first timelast_img read more