6-21-13 W.Va. Ag Department encourages garden giants

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Can you grow an ear of corn over a foot long? How about a 28-pound cantaloupe?

If so, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture wants to put you in the record book.

The department has kept records on the largest fruits and vegetables since 1996. Records are published on the WVDA website, wvagriculture.org.

Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick says in a release that it’s been an excellent growing season, so he encourages everyone to try to break a record in their garden.

The contest is open to any fruit or vegetable grown in West Virginia during 2013. Entrants should send photos and evidence of the size and weight of their entry to the department at 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV, 25305.

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