Gourd Growing Greats and their hard-to-believe, gasp-inspiring,
titanic orange orbs gather on the morning of Monday, October 10
for the 38th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin
Weigh-Off — in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay,
California — the kick-off to Half Moon Bay’s world-famous Art &
Pumpkin Festival which takes place October 15-16. Event
sponsor Safeway is offering a $5,000 bonus mega-prize to any
grower that breaks the world record at Half Moon Bay — considered the
“Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs”.
A host of accomplished, grizzled veteran growers will be contending
for the coveted title, the $5,000 world record prize and $20,000 in
additional prize money. In a unique pay-by-the-pound system, the
winner will take home a hefty $6 per pound for the champion
mega-pumpkin. Defending champion Ron Root of Citrus Heights, CA,
obliterated the competition at last year’s Half Moon Bay weigh-off
with his leviathan, gasp-inspiring 1,535-pound Atlantic Giant.
Beauty will share center stage with beefy brawn — a special $500
prize will be awarded to the “most beautiful pumpkin” as judged by
the audience based on color, shape and size.