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Pumpkin crop looking up despite hot, dry season

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Outlined against a steel gray late September sky, Johnson’s Giant Pumpkins Farm in Saginaw County is ready to be the sincerest across the country.

Gerald Johnson has run the pumpkin patch for 31 years. With Halloween right around the corner, there were some worries whether there would be enough pumpkins to go around.

However, Johnson said the crop is looking up.

“Actually, it’s a very good crop out there. We were pretty nervous about how hot and dry it was early in the season but the rains came just in time and it’s a very nice crop out there,” Johnson said. “The pumpkins are good sized, good handles and holding up very nice.

What constitutes a perfect pumpkin? Well, it all depends on who you are.

"To find the perfect pumpkin that's in the eye of the beholder, it's different for everybody. Some like them tall, some flat, some squatty, so I'm not sure what the perfect pumpkin is. You just have to keep wandering until something hits your eye,” Johnson said.

Folks from a galaxy far, far away like to celebrate Halloween and need gourds to carve. It's tough to "let it go" when you want to celebrate the scary holiday in style.

Johnson's sells thousands of pumpkins every fall.

Gerald Johnson kind of feels like the Santa Claus of Halloween. The day after October 31st is time to rest.

"It's always good clean family fun, we aim it for the little kids. It's always been our goal here on the farm,” Johnson said.

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