Twins Win Biggest Pumpkin Contest for the Second Time

December 7, 2015

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. victorious / vɪkˈtɔr i əs / (adj.) – referring to someone who won something
Example: The boys were victorious in the contest.

2. rupture / ˈrʌp tʃər / (n.) – a crack or hole
Example: The farmer rejected the watermelon that had a big rupture.

3. resident / ˈrɛz ɪ dənt / (n.) – a person who lives in a place
Example: His brother is a resident of England.

4. massive / ˈmæs ɪv / (adj.) – pertaining to something that is big and heavy
Example: The farm is known for its massive vegetables.

5. previous / ˈpri vi əs / (adj.) – referring to something that happened before
Example: He didn’t win anything during the previous contest.


Read the text below.
A pair of twins became victorious for the second time at the Autumn Pumpkin Festival in England.

Stuart and Ian Paton won the biggest pumpkin category with their entry that weighed 1,861 pounds (around 845 kilograms). Hoping to beat their 2014 record, the Patons constructed a new glass house to prepare for this year’s competition. However, the Patons’ 2015 pumpkin fell a few pounds short of their 1,884-pound record.

Report says that the Patons had two larger pumpkins, but since both pumpkins had many imperfections, they were only able to enter their third pumpkin in the competition, which was smaller than the other two. Pumpkins entered in the contest have to be free from any ruptures and breakages.

The Patons’ winning pumpkin will be donated to the biggest international charity for children called World Vision, and will be used as part of an activity at the charity’s Carve a Heart Campaign, which is held every year.

Another category in the Autumn Pumpkin Festival is the best-looking pumpkin category. The winner in this contest was Wales resident Mark Josey, whose pumpkin was awarded for its beautiful appearance. 

While the twins' pumpkin is certainly massive, an even heavier pumpkin was grown this year in the United States. This pumpkin was grown by factory worker Gene McMullen from Illinois. He beat his previous record of 1,600 pounds with this 2015 entry to Wisconsin’s Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival that weighed 2,145.5 pounds.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Would you join this kind of contest? Why or why not?
·         What other categories would you want to include in the contest? Why?

Discussion B

·         What do you think is the importance of contests such as the one mentioned in the article?
·         If you were to make your own contest, what would it be and why?

December 7, 2015