Storm topples new pumpkin at Meyer's Farm Market
TOWN OF MILTON—The second time wasn’t a charm at Meyer’s Farm Market.
Less than two weeks ago, the market owners had put up a new, giant fiberglass pumpkin atop a silo at the market at 1329 E. Milton-Harmony Townline Road north of Janesville. It replaced a former silo-topping pumpkin, which was toppled and smashed in a storm last August.
The new pumpkin didn’t last long.
Winds from a storm this morning blew the pumpkin loose, leaving it shattered in two large pieces in a field about 100 feet north of the silo.
Farm market owner Bryan Meyer said he’d seen forecasts this morning for a severe storm with high winds, and headed to the market shortly after 7 a.m. to scout for damages. Meyer was looking at a toppled tree and some downed greenhouse panels at the market when he thinks the pumpkin let loose in the wind. He didn’t actually see it lift off the silo.
Meyer said the market and the pumpkin’s manufacturers had decided to anchor the new pumpkin to the inside of the silo with four metal cables in an attempt to prevent wind from pulling it free. The system apparently wasn’t strong enough to withstand high winds from the storm today, which officials said reached between 60 and 80 miles per hour.
The pumpkin is insured, Meyer said, and he’s already looking into the possibility of replacing it with a third pumpkin—possibly before the end of the market season this year. He plans to have the manufacturer look into ways to further windproof a new pumpkin.
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