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Marie Nitke/FOCUS Giant pumpkins line the street outside of the Ottertail Community Center on Saturday. A total of 15 local growers participated in this year's Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off, entering pumpkins from 64 to more than 700 pounds.

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They're kind of a big deal.

Tipping the scales at 600, 700, even 800-plus pounds, the giant pumpkins at this year's Weigh-Off at the Ottertail Pumpkin Festival are not your average jack-o-lanterns. For one thing, they can't simply be plucked off the vine and carried home - it takes a forklift to move these orange monsters.


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