While the record breaking pumpkin was making it's way to the popular Meridian corn maze, the goal was not to damage it.  Next Saturday? That's a completely different story! 

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to D.J. Steffler of Nampa, who planted pumpkins in his greenhouse this past spring.  He noticed that one had the potential to set a new record for the largest pumpkin ever grown in the state of Idaho and started giving it a little extra TLC to help it reach its full potential.  After it was harvested and weighed, the pumpkin did indeed dwarf the previous state record of 1,219. Steffler's pumpkin weighed in at a whopping 1,400 pounds and is now on display at The Farmstead at Meridian.

According to KTVB, it took a forklift and special equipment to keep the pumpkin from rolling away during what normally seems like a short trip between the 2C and Meridian. The squash only has a few more days to live as The Farmstead plans in including it in the festivities of their annual end of season pumpkin smash!

During the Great Pumpkin Smash, there's all kinds of pumpkin destruction including dropping pumpkins from scissor lifts, shooting them from pumpkin canons and just plain throwing them onto the ground.  The event is scheduled for next Saturday, October 28th from 6-8 p.m

Prior to the Great Pumpkin Smash, The Farmstead will host their annual Candy in the Corn event.  It's a safe trick or treat event where vendors will set up and pass out candy inside the farm's grounds.  Kids can fill their pillowcases and candy pails from 3-6 p.m. that day.