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Heavyweight Championship of Gargantuan Gourds
October 9, 2017 7am to 11am
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California
using forklift to move giant pumpkins

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SAFEWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF

World Heavyweight Championship of Gargantuan Gourds
$30K Mega-Prize for World Record Pumpkin
Monday, October 9, 2017 – 7am to 11am
I.D.E.S. Grounds, 735 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California

WHAT:

WHAT:

Great Pumpkin CommonwealthHALF MOON BAY IS AN OFFICIAL GPC SITE

2015 Weigh-off pumpkin being lifted onto scale closeup
Giant pumpkin lifted by forklift onto the official scale
The excitement is building in Pumpkintown as the  World’s Greatest Gourd Growers and their astounding, mind-boggling, Volkswagen-sized orange orbs hope to squash the world record on Monday, October 9 at the 44th 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 $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). 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-pumpkin plus a starring role in the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 14-15 (including a free weekend at the posh, pumpkin-centric Ritz-Carlton on the stunningly beautiful Half Moon Bay coast). Defending Half Moon Bay champion Cindy Tobeck's ginormous 1,910-pound weigh-off champion mega-gourd obliterated a formidable field of heavyweight contenders in winning the 2016 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Beauty will share center stage with beefy brawn with a $500 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 will serve as an officially sanctioned Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) site. THE GRAND CHAMPION MEGA-GOURD, ALONG WITH THE TOP FIVE WEIGH-OFF PUMPKINS, WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL, OCTOBER 14-15 FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON MAIN STREET.

WHEN:

WHEN:

Monday, October 9, 2017. Weighing will begin at 7 a.m. and will be concluded at 11 a.m. Growers will start lining the street as daylight breaks by 7 a.m.

WHERE:

WHERE:

I.D.E.S. Grounds, 735 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California. Get directions.

WHY:

WHY:

The weigh-off kicks off the world-famous HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL—THE FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE OCTOBER 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on historic Main Street. Festival highlights include a special display of gigantically enormous/heavyweight champion pumpkins, smashing entertainment with four stages of stellar live music, the home-spun Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, boo-tiful harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting and shaping monster pumpkins into one-of-a-kind masterpieces, photos with the Goliath grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun, the world’s largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture that measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high and weighs 10,000 pounds by artist Peter Hazel, “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands”, the Comcast Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, ultra-thrilling zip-line and bungee jump, tasty wines, pumpkin-infused ales, pumpkin-flavored artisanal cocktails, selfies and fun with the delightfully rotund, playful and mischievious Pumpkin Festival mascot “Gourdy”, and the Sunday-only “Made on the Coast” local artists block with fine art and live music. Festival admission is free. Festival Info-Line: 650-726-9652 or visit www.miramarevents.com.

PRIZE MONEY:

PRIZE MONEY:

1st Place — $7 per pound
2nd Place — $2,000
3rd Place — $1,500
4th Place — $1,000
5th–10th Place — $500 each
11th–20th Place — $100 each

SPECIAL PRIZES:

SPECIAL PRIZES:

World Record Pumpkin — $30,000 (total)
Biggest California Pumpkin — $1,000
Biggest Coastside Pumpkin — $500
Most Beautiful Pumpkin — $500

INFO-LINE:

INFO-LINE:

650-726-9652

FACEBOOK:

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TWITTER:

TWITTER:

@miramarevents

INSTAGRAM:

INSTAGRAM:

https://instagram.com/hmbpumpkinfest

LOCATION & DATES

I.D.E.S. Grounds
735 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, California

October 9, 2017
7am – 11am

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