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 14 at the 46th 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 and Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 19-20 (including a free weekend at the posh, pumpkin-centric Ritz-Carlton on the stunningly beautiful Half Moon Bay coast). Superstar grower Steve Daletas' gorgeous and gargantuan 2,170-pound weigh-off champion mega-gourd obliterated a formidable field of heavyweight contenders in winning the 2018 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. 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 GPC officials. Half Moon Bay's Weigh-Off is an officially sanctioned Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) site.
The grand champion mega-gourd (along with the top four overall) will be on display at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, October 19-20, from 9am. to 5pm on Main Street.