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Prize-Winning Watermelon Weighs 252 Pounds

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Prize-Winning Watermelon Weighs 252 Pounds

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Prize-Winning Watermelon Weighs 252 Pounds

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The winner in this year's Louisiana Watermelon-Growing Contest weighed in at 252 pounds. Donnie and Rusty Strunk, a father and son team, broke the state record by more than 50 pounds. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry measured the winner at 3 feet long and 5 feet around. The secret? One melon per vine, and rotate daily. As Mr. Strunk put it: "We babied this thing for 147 days."

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The winner in this year's Louisiana watermelon growing contest weighted in at 252 pounds. A father and son team, Donnie and Rusty Strunk, broke the state record by more than 50 pounds. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry measured the winner at 3-feet long and 5-feet around. The secret: one melon per vine, and rotate daily. As Mr. Strunk put it, we babied this thing for 147 days. It's MORNING EDITION.

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