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520-pound pumpkin from Delhi heads to New York City

DELHI (WBNG) — The Delhi community is celebrating fall. A 520 pound pumpkin was harvested from the garden at Delaware Academy Elementary and it’s making its way to New York City.

“Rockefeller Center and 30 Rock, they have their Christmas tree, okay? Times Square and Hard Rock Cafe have their pumpkin, for the first time ever a quarter ton pumpkin is coming to Times Square,” said Eddie Chytalo of Delhi.

The community says it’s putting Delaware County on the map.

“Anything that we can do to have the rest of the state recognize what a great county we have here, what great folks we have, what great school systems, our kids, I’m all about promoting that and happy to be a part of it,” said Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond.

For the past six years, Eddie Chytalo has led the charge of growing giant pumpkins at Delaware Academy Elementary.

With the help of the school and community, this years’ pumpkin will be on display at the Hard Rock Cafe.

“You know the irony of it is that this is the biggest one that we’ve grown in six years,” said superintendent Jason D. Thomson.

Chytalo says this whole thing wouldn’t be possible without the support and help he gets, even from the kids.

“Not one of them is afraid to get their hands dirty when it comes to the pumpkin patch,” he said.

It’s even turned into a teaching moment in the classroom.

“It incorporates math, science, the arts, gardening, it’s really all inclusive,” said Thomson.

“He shares that story with the students and how they can have a dream too, his dream was to grow a giant pumpkin and he explains that to the kids how they can have dreams and wishes,” said kindergarten teacher Roslyn Burrows.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is transporting the pumpkin to New York City. A caravan will be leaving from the Sheriff’s Office at 280 Phoebe Lane at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

Annie Flaherty

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