September 3, 2009

125.9-pound cabbage sets world record

Officials with the Alaska State Fair said a giant green cabbage weighed at the event set a Guinness World Record at 125.9 pounds.

Dean Phipps, marketing director for the fair, said Wasilla resident Steve Hubacek's cabbage, which sports 5-foot leaves and measures about 21 inches across its head, beat the previous cabbage weight record of 124 pounds, set in Wales in 1989, the Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday.

I was there when they put it on the scale, Phipps said. When they put it on, everybody took a couple steps back and went like, 'Oh, my gosh.' They all had versions of that and then they started jumping up and down.

Fair officials said the record may last only until the next giant cabbage weigh-off, scheduled for Friday, as Hubacek claims to have a cabbage larger than his record-setter still at home.