They call him Dr. Pumpkin.
Bob Liggett is a Circleville eye doctor. But this time of year he may be known more for his pumpkins than his practice.
“The biggest one we have had is 1,964 pounds,” Dr. Liggett said at his pumpkin patch.
He has entered the Circleville Pumpkin Show 26 times and won 12. His living room is full of pumpkin trophies and medals.
But this year will be different. His granddaughter, Bella, is competing against him.
“I have infected her with this disease of growing pumpkins,” Dr. Liggett said.
“It is awesome. I get to come down here and spend a lot more time with my grandparents than I would normally,” Bella Liggett said.
The Ohio State University student drives down from Columbus about three times a week to nurture the pumpkin.
The pair planted their pumpkins back in May.
“We put fans on them from the beginning to keep them dry,” Bella said.
Last year, Dr. Liggett’s pumpkin didn’t make it to the winner’s circle, but Bella’s did. She won second place.
“You’ve got to be quite proud of someone who wins second prize at the pumpkin show in their first year,” Dr. Liggett said.
While Bella nor Dr. Liggett believe they will win this year, the real prize may be the time spent together at the patch.
Time, you can’t put a price or a weight on.