Crowned King of the Patch

Eric Ambler with his award-winning, 459-pound pumpkin

Eric Ambler with his award-winning, 459-pound pumpkin

A giant pumpkin grown by Clinton resident Eric Ambler won first prize at the Guilford Fair’s Giant Pumpkin contest September 22.  Eric’s giant hit the scales at 459 pounds, outweighing all competition.  The pumpkin was started in May on Eric’s historic homestead located within the Liberty Green Historic District on land once part of the original 1663 Rossetter Farm.  Eric, a fifth-grade science teacher at Brown Middle School in Madison, is looking forward to setting a new record next season with seed harvested from this year’s record crop.  Will it need a bigger crown? To post your comments, visit www.theresident.com or follow us on twitter@Resident_News.