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1538 pound pumpkin

Thad Starr of Oregon celebrates winning the biggest pumpkin award at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, CA yesterday. What I want to know is how the heck did he safely truck it all those miles. He won $6 per pound or $9,168 and says someday someone will grow a 2,000 pounder and it might as well be him.

  • Sue

    Next year – Sue – and friends Sandi & Kirsten – pumpkin – half moon bay – prize winner, baby. (Don’t know which prize — maybe consolation). So you’re gonna find out how its trucked, I reckon.

  • Sue once grew a 350 lb. pumpkin when we lived in L.A. which admittedly is just a wee little tyke compared to 1538 lbs. But I expect her next effort will be substantial! (It will be grown in Santa Cruz, in a friend’s backyard.)

    Oregon has more hours of sun than California during the summer hence their pumpkins are bigger.

  • cheryl

    That is one ugly pumpkin. Looks like it sat on the porch too long.

  • Most giant pumpkins look that way. Gravity is not their friend. They are grown on pallets so they can be easily moved, but any split disqualifies them.