Every autumn in Half Moon Bay, California, the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off is held. This year, Washington state resident Joel Holland won the Safeway-sponsored event with a 2,363-pound pumpkin. The award-winning pumpkin set a new American record for heaviest gourd, also setting the record as the second heaviest pumpkin ever grown in the world.
Competitors travel from near and far to participate in this contest, held in conjunction with the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival. The heaviest four pumpkins traveled from the states of Washington and Oregon to seek this year’s title. Washington state farmers prevailed by taking the top three spots. Other competitors were Californians from Half Moon Bay, Pescadero, and Aptos, among other towns. Last year’s winner was Cindy Tobeck of Olympia, Washington. She earned the top prize with a 1,910-pound pumpkin but her pumpkin this year at 2,002 pounds could not defeat Holland and his pumpkin.
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