A Pasadena woman awoke Friday to find her prize-winning pumpkin patch destroyed by vandals, including a 300-pound specimen she had planned to enter in a contest, the Pasadena Star-News reported. Mae Powell, who is 93, is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the perpetrators.
Powell told the newspaper that she intended to enter her 300-pound pumpkin into Irvine's Pumpkinmania event in October.
“Every year I win a prize,” she said, “but I can't enter this one now. ... Who knows what I'll do.”
Powell had also planned to donate the other four broken pumpkins to the Huntington Library's Children's Garden, which she has done for five years.