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...waterslide - and to popular campsites and beaches. As if these attractions weren't enough, Nikiski also is home to J.D. Megchelsen, who in 2011 set a state record by growing a 1,287-pound pumpkin. The Kenai Spur highway ends in the woods...
Prize aspirations squashed

The rumors are true. J.D. Megchelsen, the Nikiski man who currently holds the record for growing the largest pumpkin in the state, suffered irreparable produce problems...
Megchelsen's monster

J.D. Megchelsen said the last few days had a strange, yet exciting feel. "It's almost like a Greek tragedy or something - you've got these...
Effort would have been fifth state record for local grower

...25-ton boom truck takes care of the rest with ease. While lifting what he thought was sure to be a new state record, J.D. Megchelsen on Monday noticed that his 2013 season's work had a thumb-sized hole in its underside. His face barely showed...
What's Happening

...and Cultural Center will hold the carving of the Alaska State Fair grand champion pumpkin (907 pounds) grown by J.D. Megchelsen of Nikiski from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the center. Free pumpkins will be given away to the first 50 families...

...north for a glimpse of Mount Susitna and, if it's especially clear, Mount McKinley. Nikiski also is home to J.D. Megchelsen, whose knack for gardening has landed him in a class all by himself, setting the state record with his 1,287-pound...
Around the Peninsula

...workshop on graywater gardening has been canceled. A new workshop on pumpkins has been added for 2p.m. May 28. J.D. Megchelsen will talk about pumpkins. From careful seed starting, to putting the giant pumpkin in a sling for transporting...
Virginia Leah Piland

...She is survived by her husband; daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela and David Elkins of Kenai, and Dana and J.D. Megchelsen of Nikiski; son and daughter-in-law, Harold W. and Pam Piland of Anchorage; brothers and sisters-in-law...
Orange crush

J.D. Megchelsen tucks in his giant pumpkin between 8:30 and 9 most evenings. Using a beige blanket, he covers the bulbous, pale mass to conserve...
Growing ginormous gourds: Nikiski man goes for gold at the state fair

Nikiski gardener J.D. Megchelsen is to growing pumpkins what Picasso was to painting, and what Michelangelo was to sculpting. He is an artist and a master of...


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