TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What's the Great Pumpkin State?

October 26, 2010 ( - The major pumpkin producing states produced 931 million pounds of the squash-like fruit in 2009.

Which U.S. state produced the most – and we’re talking nearly half of that production – last year? 

Answer:  Illinois

Total production of pumpkins by major pumpkin-producing states totalled 931 million pounds in 2009, and Illinois led the country by producing 429 million pounds of the vined orange gourd.

California and Ohio were also major pumpkin-producing states: each produced at least 100 million pounds, according to the Census Bureau, citing USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service data (see