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Farm sets pumpkin records

MORTON -- A Tazewell County town is known as the Pumpkin-Growing Capital of the World.
MORTON -- A Tazewell County town is known as the Pumpkin-Growing Capital of the World. After a rough harvest last year, this year could crush a few records.

Last year, Illinois produced more than a quarter-million tons of pumpkins. This year's impact is expected to be even bigger after an ideal growing season. Farmer John Ackerman says the wet start to the season had him worried, but it dried out just in time.

"This year it started out much different. It was very wet and I was worried I wasn't going to get my pumpkins in in time. But then it got very dry and I got to say this is probably the best pumpkin crop I've ever raised. Pumpkins do very well when it's dry."

October marks the 104th year Ackerman Farms has been providing pumpkins to the community.
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