My grandma and aunt grew this squash and credit its size to the chicken manure they used to fertilize their garden. Maybe I will have super-sized vegetables in my future garden, too! To give you some sense of scale: the photo above is of the squash next to an average buttercup squash.
The squash was shared with us along with the advice that the best way of opening it up was to drop it on the sidewalk. We considered taking a sledgehammer, sawzall or axe to it, but in the end, we took the sidewalk advice. I usually prefer still images in this space, but in this case, I think a video is in order.
For those enjoying a holiday feast today, I hope you have an excellent slice of pumpkin pie to finish it off. Bonus points if your pumpkin pie is actually made with squash (I prefer those versions). I see a few pies in my near future, because 50 pounds is quite a lot of squash.