Dwellingup man smashes 72 pumpkins in a minute, breaks world record

Spraying the crowd with pumpkin seeds in a wild race against time, Dwellingup man Alex Ashcroft has broken a world record for the number of pumpkins smashed in a minute. 

Mr Ashcroft, a former student of Dwellingup Primary School whose talents are usually vested in national and international wood-chopping titles, wowed the crowds with his pumpkin-smashing feat on Saturday at the Dwellingup Pumpkin Festival.

Local police attended to ensure the challenge was to Guinness World Record standards, with video footage and official records of Mr Ashcroft’s accomplishment to be sent to the international body.

Before stepping up to the chopping block, Mr Ashcroft said he was feeling good about it.

“I’m just gonna go as quick as possible, and as hard as possible… we had a practice run on Monday, we didn’t have enough to do a full run, but we’ve got about 100 here today,” he said.

He certainly made a good go of it, missing only about 28 pumpkins, which rolled off the log.

“I broke the record, the world record, I’m pretty happy with it, brought the total up… the previous record was 15,” Mr Ashcroft said.

“I got a little bit tired halfway through, but you push on.”

He said the smashed pumpkins would be used for pig food.

Watch Mr Ashcroft break the record here:


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