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Giant cabbage sets world record at Alaska State Fair

On Friday, the last day of August, Scott Robb set a new personal, state and world record for largest cabbage ever weighed.

The Alaska State Fair reported that Robb received the honor after Friday's 2012 Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off at the annual event in Palmer, Alaska. The gargantuan veggie tipped the scales at 138.25 pounds, about 35 pounds heavier than Robb's previous personal record and 11 pounds over the former world record, also held by an Alaskan.

Robb and his wife Mardie run the Colony Greenhouse in Palmer, Alaska. Mardie spoke briefly with the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman prior to Friday's weigh-in. She said her husband's cabbage would challenge former world record holder Steve Hubacek's 2009 127 pounder. Mardie made it known she was "serious" and, as it turns out, correct. Hubacek came in second this year and approached his own record with a 126-pound behemoth.

In general, many Southcentral Alaska crops have suffered this summer due in part to the cool, rainy weather that plagued the region. From kale to snap peas, plants lagged behind their usual harvest time, vexing both farmers and market-goers. For the Alaska State Fair's annual Midnight Sun Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off, competition was thin and somewhat disappointing.

However, Robb's cabbage can be seen as a bit of a redemption for the crummy growing season. If you like, the impressive giant blossom is viewable at the fair'll be the one sporting a well-deserved blue ribbon.

Read more, at the Frontiersman.

Craig Medred

Craig Medred is a former writer for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch and Alaska Dispatch News. He left the ADN in 2015.