Washington Grower Wins Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off
Seven Pumpkins Weigh In At 1,000+ Pounds
Mighty Mega-gourd Stars at This Weekend’s Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA (October 10, 2016) — Cindy Tobeck, a sweet and spunky elementary school teacher from Little Rock, WA, dominated today’s 43rd Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with her 1,910-pound Orange Crush that clobbered the formidable field of gourd growing greats in the west coast pumpkin mecca of Half Moon Bay, CA.
Cindy Tobeck from Little Rock, WA, dominated today’s 43rd Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with her 1,910-pound Orange Crush that clobbered the formidable field of gourd growing greats in the west coast pumpkin mecca of Half Moon Bay CA. The grand champion mega-gourd, along with the top five pumpkins from the weigh-off, will be on display at the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on October 15-16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photo: Miramar Events
This was Tobeck's first win at Half Moon Bay, considered the Super Bowl of Weigh-Off events. Seven pumpkins weighed in at over 1,000 pounds at this year's event.
Tobeck won $11,460 ($6 per pound) plus Half Moon Bay’s coveted “Mel Mello Sr. Grand Champion Green Jacket” and a “starring role” in this weekend’s Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival where her gargantuan gourd will be on display along with the top five overall from the weigh-off.
Russ Pingrey of Santa Rosa CA was second with a 1,723 pounder and won $2,000. Jim Sherwood of Mulino OR was third with a 1,699 pounder and received $1,500.
Bonnie Armanino of Pescadero CA won Biggest Coastside Pumpkin and received $500.
The audience-judged Most Beautiful Pumpkin award went to Vince Zunino of Los Altos CA. He won $500.
Tobeck's grand champion mega-gourd will be proudly displayed at the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, this weekend (Oct. 15-16 –– Saturday and Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in Half Moon Bay, California.
2016 WEIGH-OFF RESULTS
|1st||Cindy Tobeck, Little Rock WA||1,910 lbs.||$11,460|
|2nd||Russ Pingrey, Santa Rosa CA||1,723 lbs.||$2,000.|
|3rd||Jim Sherwood, Mulino OR||1,699 lbs.||$1,500.|
|4th||Rob Globus, Walnut Grove CA||1,681 lbs.||$1,000.|
|5th||Gary Miller, Napa CA||1,496 lbs.||$ 500.|
|6th||Ruben Frais, Napa CA||1,432 lbs.||$ 500.|
|7th||Jose Ceja, Napa CA||1,135 lbs.||$ 500.|
|8th||Ian Sigman, Honeydew CA||953 lbs.||$ 500.|
|9th||Bonnie Armanino, Pescadero CA||821 lbs.||$ 500.|
|10th||Scott Stamp, Camino CA||736 lbs.||$ 500.|
|Biggest from State of California|
|Russ Pingrey, Santa Rosa CA||1,723 lbs.||$1,000.|
|Biggest from the Coastside|
|Bonnie Armanino, Pescadero CA||821 lbs.||$ 500.|
|George Armanino, Pescadero CA||724 lbs.||$ 250.|
|Farmer John, Half Moon Bay CA||441 lbs.||$ 100.|
|Most Beautiful Pumpkin|
|Vince Zunino, Los Altos CA||619 lbs.||$ 500.|