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Moon Bay World Championship Pumpkin
"Super Bowl of Pumpkin Weigh-Offs"
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!
In October 2017, a massive pumpkin (the biggest the competition has ever seen) tipped the scales at 2,363 pounds!
Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
735 Main Street
Downtown Half Moon Bay
Every October, on the Monday prior to Half
Moon Bay's Art & Pumpkin Festival usually early in the month.
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Official Rules
Half Moon Bay World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
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
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
Did you know that pumpkins are grown all over
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
Steve Daletas, Pleasant Hill, OR
John Hawkley, Napa, CA
2,058 pounds — broke North American record
2013 Top Pumpkin Winners
Thad Starr, Pleasant Hill, OR
1,775 pounds — setting a NEW California
2011 Top Prize Winner
Leonardo Urena, Napa, CA:
1,704-pound Giant Pumpkin
— 169 lbs more than last year's winning pumpkin!
Ron Root of Citrus Heights, CA — 1,535 pound Giant Pumpkin
Don Young of Iowa
1,658-pound Giant Pumpkin
Thad Starr of Oregon
1,528-pound Giant Pumpkin
Lacey Bryant (Pumpkin Carver extraordinaire) carved the
amazing Giant Pumpkin (pictured below) at one of the past World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off events.
10+ Halloween Costumes for Adults, Kids & Pets
Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
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
Bay's Art & Pumpkin Festival
John's Pumpkin Farm
and Pumpkin Photos
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