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Wilson County man grows record-setting watermelon

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams weighs 215 pounds — or 17 pounds less than the record setting watermelon at the State Farmers Market.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the 232-pounder grown by Wilson County’s H.C. Williams broke the record set in 2002 by one pound. H.C. Williams won $1,000 for his whopper of a melon.

Williams says he grows big watermelons as a hobby in his nursery, and he estimated that he spent two hours a day, six days a week on the fruit since the end of April.

Too much water can harm the plants. And this year’s erratic temperatures, rainfall and even a hailstorm were not always ideal.

Williams also said the size means the watermelons probably aren’t very ripe on the inside.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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