Mark Clementz: Grower of Giants

Big things are happening in Holly—literally. The city is home to Mark Clementz, owner of, and his record-breaking pumpkins. Clementz says his biggest pumpkin ever weighed in at 1,947 lbs, and set a new record for the largest pumpkin grown in Michigan back in 2014. As he prepares his latest orange giant for a “weigh-off” in Ohio, Clementz says his passion for cultivating large pumpkins began more than 20 years ago. 

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Anna Sysling

Reporter, Producer and WDET’s Weekend Edition Anchor

Lifelong resident of Metro Detroit and a huge public radio nerd. I work in Production and Programming at WDET.   Follow @asysling

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