ARKEDELPHIA (KFSM) — Thousands of Arkansas students competed to be the ultimate cabbage patch kid this year.
The title went to an Arkedelphia third grader, Millie Babb.
She won a $1,000 saving bond to go toward her education after she was declared the state winner in a nationwide Bonnie Plants contest. Millie, who was randomly selected by the Arkansas Agriculture Department, grew a huge 20.3 pound cabbage.
Nearly 25,000 Arkansas third graders participated in the contest from all over the state. Nationwide about 1.5 million students have participated in the contest, which began in 1996.
Teachers must register their classes to participate in the contest. Then students begin with a 2-inch cabbage plant, and they learn how to take care of it in hopes of growing a hulking cabbage.
At the end of the season, teachers submit a photo of the student with the best cabbage.
Registration for the 2017 contest is now open.