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Half Moon Bay’s 47th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
October 12 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT
47th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, Half Moon Bay’s World Heavyweight Championship of Gargantuan Gourds
No weigh? Weigh! Bring it on burly, beefy behemoths! The excitement is building in Pumpkintown as the World’s Greatest Gourd Growers and their titanic, mind-blowing, Volkswagen-sized orange orbs hope to squash the world record on Monday, October 12 at the 47th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off –– the “Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs” –– in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California. Organizers are offering a hefty, world’s biggest top prize of $7 per pound and $30,000 in total prize money for a new world record pumpkin entered at Half Moon Bay (the current world record is 2,624-pounds set in 2016) plus beefed up overall prize money going to the Top 20. A host of accomplished, grizzled veteran growers will contend for the coveted title, the $30,000 world record prize and thousands of dollars in additional prize money. In a pay-by-the-pound system, the winner is guaranteed a hefty $7 per pound for the champion mega-gourd plus a starring role in the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 17-18 (including a free weekend at the posh, pumpkin-centric Ritz-Carlton on the stunningly beautiful Half Moon Bay coast). Two-time Half Moon Bay champion Leonardo Urena’s goliath 2,175-pound mega-gourd obliterated a formidable field of heavyweight contenders in winning the 2019 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off and setting a new California record. Beauty will share center stage with beefy brawn with a $1,000 prize awarded to the “most beautiful pumpkin” as judged by the audience based on color, shape and size.
Using forklifts and special harnesses, the gargantuan gourds will be carefully placed on a 5-ton capacity, industrial-strength digital scale under the watchful eye of officials from the San Mateo County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office of Weights, Sealers, and Measures. Half Moon Bay’s Weigh-Off is an officially sanctioned Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) site.
The Goliath grand champion mega-gourd (along with the top four overall) will be on display at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 17-18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street.
1st Place — $7 per pound
2nd Place — $3,000
3rd Place — $2,500
4th Place — $2,000
5th–10th Place — $1,000 each
11th–20th Place — $200 each
World Record Pumpkin — $30,000 (total)
Biggest California Pumpkin — $1,000
Biggest Coastside Pumpkin (Montara to Pescadero) — $1,000
Most Beautiful Pumpkin — $1,000
WHEN: Monday, October 12, 2020. Weighing will take place from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE: IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California.
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