And the Heaviest Pumpkin Is...

Hundreds gathered downtown for the Safeway Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

The heaviest pumpkins on the West Coast rolled into downtown Half Moon Bay this morning for the 39th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

Hundreds of people gathered on Main Street under sunny skies for the contest, enthusiastically cheering each weighing.

More than a dozen pumpkins weighing more than 1,000 pounds each had been assessed as of 11 a.m. The leading gourd, from Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon, tipped the scales at 1,775 pounds. Several more pumpkins remained to be weighed.

Check out more photos of the monster pumpkin in this slideshow

The grower of the heaviest pumpkin will receive a cash prize of $6 per pound, and anyone who breaks the world record -- which is currently 2,009 pounds -- will get a cash prize of $25,000.

--Bay City News


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