Fastest pumpkin carver--world record set by
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, USA -- Steven Clarke,
Havertown, Pa., carved one ton of pumpkins in 3:33:49 -setting
the world record for the Fastest
pumpkin carver. Photo: Clarke had to carve a complete
face in each pumpkin - eyes, ears, nose, mouth and eyebrows
- and then put the lid back on for a pumpkin to be counted.
/ Feature Photo Service
Steven Clarke also set the world record
shortest time to carve 100 pumpkins: 3:44:50. There are strict rules in order for the pumpkin
record to be official. Each pumpkin must weigh a minimum
of 18 pounds and be cleaned and gutted prior to the record
attempt. Then, two independent witnesses with no relation
to Clarke must verify the individual pumpkin weights.
"I can't really train for it" Clarke said. "For
this, I just have to make sure to keep my arms stretched out.
I get some pregame jitters."
Steven Clarke : "Back in 1999 I was
invited by Vice President Gore to carve pumpkins for his Halloween
Party. I carved more than 30 pumpkins for the Gores, including
the Mona Lisa, The Iwo Jima Memorial, the White House, American
Gothic, Detail from the Sistine Chapel, Portraits of the Gores,
and many more."