It was an exciting day in Roland on Saturday, with a new Manitoba record being set for largest pumpkin. The Great Common Wealth Weigh-Off took place Saturday morning at the Roland Pumpkin fair, with new the set by Charlie Bernstrom, of Lancaster, Minnesota and his massive 1,498.5 pound pumpkin.

In second place this year was Henry Banman of Schanzenfeld with a 1,474.5 pound pumpkin, and third place went to Jason Terwin Carman at 1,322.5 pounds

Bernstrom was very excited about winning this year, previously winning in 2014.

Bernstrom had worked diligently with his wife Mallory to make this pumpkin a reality, saying they changed up some of their growing techniques.

"This year I had water tanks that I put fertilizer in, so that fertilizer is in there every day, not just once a week."

Both Bernstrom and Banman had met in Walhalla, ND during an event a couple days before the Weigh-Off, and talked about their pumpkins.

Banman had shared he had a large pumpkin this year, and Bernstrom was a little nervous about his chances this year, adding he had accepted once his got on the scale what happens, happens.

For those wanting to get into giant vegetable growing, Bernstrom says the ingredients for success are water, care, and to just have fun.

The end of the winning pumpkin's life, and a second giant pumpkin of Bernstom's, will see both hoisted into the air and dropped. Lifted 80 feet in the air, one dropped onto a minivan, while the other dropped into a pool. Both drops will be part of a fundraiser for the literacy council in his home county in Minnesota.

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