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That's one BIG watermelon!

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JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) -  James Lathrop saw a magazine ad three months ago that caught his eye, saying he could grow watermelons weighing more than 100 pounds. So, he bought the seeds.

"The boys...helped me plant them, and they just started to grow, and it was pretty fun to watch," said James Lathrop.

He says he had nothing to lose. It was a win-win because it gave him and his grand kids a chance to hang out together in the garden.

"Oh yea, it was," said James Lathrop. "We enjoyed the boys helping me. We had a lot of fun."

"The best part is just being with my family and helping them out," said Ethan McDonald.

And, eating big watermelons.

"We had some that weighed 70-80 pounds," said James. "And, we decided we'd wait on this one until it got to 100 pounds, but they didn't quite make it."

Last Friday, the kids picked the largest one from the field and ate it; all 93.6 pounds.

"Uh, it was like that big," said Aiden McDonald, motioning with his arms. "Really, like that big."

"I was just surprised by 93.6," said Ethan Lathrop. "It was just...I never thought it would be that big. I mean, this big. Just like that. I was a miracle."

"The best part is seeing the boys sit on the back of the trailer, eating the watermelon," said James. "Had one on one side and one on the other side on a half of the watermelon - the big one. And, they had a ball with [it]. They really enjoyed it."

"Everyone that loves watermelons, just remember that they're healthy for you," said Ethan Lathrop. "That's all, haha. Cut, haha."

James told us they also have a few watermelons approaching 50 pounds, and that they are going to let them grow until they stop. However, they have a long way to go for the record, clocking in at more than 268 pounds.

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