TOPSFIELD, MASS. (WHDH) - One local man has his eye on a big prize with his 1,100-pound pumpkin that he’s entering into the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at the 204th Topsfield Fair which kicks off Friday afternoon.

Henry Swenson is entering his massive pumpkin in the fair’s annual pumpkin weigh-off, where some gourds have tipped the scale at 2,000 pounds. Swenson said he’s proud of his work and that the Topsfield Fair is what inspired him to start growing pumpkins years ago.

“When I was 13, I went to the Topsfield Fair with my family. I saw how big the pumpkins were and immediately knew I wanted to grow one,” Swenson said. “It’s a lot of work, a lot of water. This year I was watering 200 gallons a day because it was so dry.”

The Topsfield Fair opens Friday afternoon and runs through Oct. 10.

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