Filmmakers enter the co-operative world of competitive pumpkin growing

Ryan Foss and Bill Nagel
Ryan Foss and Bill Nagel spent a year following Ryan's father Bill as he worked to grow pumpkin history. Their resulting film "Bill's Big Pumpkins" has been drawing praise on thre festival circuit.
MPR photo/Euan Kerr

You often hear people whisper, "How did they grow that?"

Well, a new film reveals just that...

Foss and pumpkin
Bill Foss prepares to take a pumpkin to compete.
Image courtesy Quantum Petshop

"Bills Big Pumpkins" follows a year in the life of Bill Foss of Buffalo, the current state record holder, and a multiple state Fair winner, as he grows what he hopes will be another prize giant pumpkin.

The film has been on the festival circuit and even with its eclectic subject matter, has drawn critical praise.

"Bill's Big Pumpkins" is the work of Ryan Foss, Bill,s son, and Bill Nagel. Ryan Foss says his father had taken the year off work to concentrate on competitive pumpkin growing, and had some very specific goals in mind: to win the Minnesota State Fair title, and to set a new state record.

Your support matters.

You make MPR News possible. Individual donations are behind the clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives. Help ensure MPR remains a resource that brings Minnesotans together.