Filmmakers enter the co-operative world of competitive pumpkin growingby Euan Kerr, Minnesota Public Radio
For some people a visit to the Minnesota State Fair would not be complete without a viewing of the giant pumpkins.
The winners nowadays weigh close to 1,000 pounds.
You often hear people whisper, "How did they grow that?"
Well, a new film reveals just that...
"Bills Big Pumpkins" follows a year in the life of Bill Foss of Buffalo, the current state record holder, and a multiple state Fair winner, as he grows what he hopes will be another prize giant pumpkin.
The film has been on the festival circuit and even with its eclectic subject matter, has drawn critical praise.
"Bill's Big Pumpkins" is the work of Ryan Foss, Bill,s son, and Bill Nagel. Ryan Foss says his father had taken the year off work to concentrate on competitive pumpkin growing, and had some very specific goals in mind: to win the Minnesota State Fair title, and to set a new state record.
- All Things Considered, 08/23/2007, 5:52 p.m.