Being cooped up at home due to the pandemic, a Minnesota horticulture teacher used the extra time to grow a massive pumpkin, which won this year’s Half Moon Bay pumpkin contest.
Travis Gienger, 40, spent a lot of his free time in the pumpkin patch in his backyard, watering his plants up to 10 times a day and feeding and fertilizing them at least twice each day.
He then drove it for 35 hours to see his hard work pay off at the 47th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco, where his winner came in at 2,350 pounds （or 1,066 kilograms）.
The first-time pumpkin champ won $16,450, or $7 per pound. It was the second-heaviest ever weighed at the event.（AP）
coop up：動詞片語，監禁。例句：Everyone in the town has been cooped up at home for a month.（該鎮所有人已被困在家1個月。）
horticulture：名詞，園藝。例句：He ignored his parents’ anger and decided to major in horticulture in college.（他無視父母的怒火，決定在大學主修園藝學。）
patch：名詞，小塊土地。例句：It is beyond expectation that there is a patch of garden behind the house.（屋後有一小塊花園，真是出乎意料。）