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Half Moon Bay World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

"Super Bowl of Pumpkin Weigh-Offs"

Kids enjoying the Giant Pumpkins at the Half Moon Bay World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

World Championship
Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Every year, Half Moon Bay's World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off draws a bigger crowd than the year before — it's FUN for kids and big kids too!

On October 14, 2014, a giant pumpkin (the biggest the competition has ever seen) tipped the scales at 2,058 pounds!



What:
Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Where:
I.D.E.S. Grounds
735 Main Street
Downtown Half Moon Bay
650-726-9652

When:
Monday 7:00am-11am
Every October, on the Monday prior to Half Moon Bay's Art & Pumpkin Festival— usually early in the month.

Official Rules
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Official Rules

Half Moon Bay World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off



Fun Pumpkin-Watching
Pumpkin growers — and their trucks filled with giant pumpkins and oversized gourds — usually start lining the streets behind the I.D.E.S. Grounds by 7:30am. It's is a fun place to hang out and pumpkin-watch while the giant pumpkins are loaded onto forklifts, prior to being weighed in.

Official Half Moon Bay Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off festival gear is available at the event. Past years have included complimentary coffee, juice and bagels (subject to change).


Fun Pumpkin Facts & Trivia
The winner of the very first Half Moon Bay Championship Weigh-Off in 1974 was a 132-pound pumpkin. In 1991, the Champion Pumpkin weighed in at a mere 602 pounds.

By 2010, over 13 Giant Pumpkins at Half Moon Bay's Championship Weigh-Off event tipped the scales at over 1,000 pounds!

In 2011, two NEW California State Records were broken — Half Moon Bay had the 2nd and 3rd biggest pumpkins in the world! And in 2012, the winning Giant Pumpkin tipped the scales at an impressive 1,775 pounds, setting a NEW California record.

Did you know that pumpkins are grown all over the world?
Six of the seven continents can grow pumpkins, including Alaska. Antarctica is the only continent that they won't grow in.

More Info on Pumpkin Facts & Trivia


Pumpkin Winners

2015 Winner
Steve Daletas, Pleasant Hill, OR
1,969 pounds

2014 Winner
John Hawkley, Napa, CA
2,058 pounds — broke North American record

2013 Top Pumpkin Winners

2012 Winner
Thad Starr, Pleasant Hill, OR
1,775 pounds
— setting a NEW California record!

2011 Top Prize Winner
Leonardo Urena, Napa, CA:
1,704-pound Giant Pumpkin
— 169 lbs more than last year's winning pumpkin!


2010 Winner
Ron Root of Citrus Heights, CA1,535 pound Giant Pumpkin

Ron Root of Citrus Heights, California - winning 1,535-pound Giant Pumpkin at the 2011 World Championship Pumpkin Weigh Off in Half Moon Bay, CA

2009 Winner
Don Young of Iowa
1,658-pound Giant Pumpkin

1st place winning pumpkin - 1,658 pounds - at Half Moon Bay's annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off 2009

2008 Winner:
Thad Starr of Oregon
1,528-pound Giant Pumpkin

Thad Starr of Oregon took Top Prize at the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off - his Giant Pumpkin weighed in at an impressive 1,528 pounds!


Pumpkin Carving
Lacey Bryant (Pumpkin Carver extraordinaire) carved the amazing Giant Pumpkin (pictured below) at one of the past World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off events.

Lacey Bryant (Pumpkin Carver extraordinaire) carved this beautiful Giant Pumpkin at the Half Moon Bay Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off


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More Info
Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
650-726-9652

I.D.E.S. Grounds is located approximately five blocks from the beginning of Main Street.

- 2013 Winners
- 2012 Winners
- 2011 Winners
- 2010 Winners
- 2009 Winners
- 2008 Winners
- 2007 Winners
- Past Winners

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Giant Pumpkin Pictures

Half Moon Bay's Art & Pumpkin Festival

Farmer John's Pumpkin Farm
and Pumpkin Photos


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The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay is a fun place for kids and adults alike

 

 

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