Napa Grower Shatters Half Moon Bay Record at the 40th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Ginormous Gourd Stars at this Weekend's Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

2nd Heaviest Pumpkin Worldwide in 2013!

HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA (October 14, 2013) — It was reckoning day in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay. And ebullient fans decked out in all things orange came out in droves to pay homage to gourd growing greatness.

2013 winner Gary Miller of Napa, CA
Napa grower Gary Miller next to his 1,985-pound Atlantic Giant that dominated today's 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay CA on a picture-perfect morning in this west coast pumpkin mecca. Photo: Miramar Events

The smashing winner was amiable veteran grower Gary Miller from Napa CA, a perennial contender on the worldwide weigh-off circuit, who obliterated the Half Moon Bay record with a Goliath 1,985-pound Atlantic Giant that dominated today's 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on a picture-perfect morning in this west coast pumpkin mecca.

Miller's burly beast is the second heaviest pumpkin worldwide in 2013. Half Moon Bay runner-up Tim Mathison, also of Napa, holds the current world record at 2,032-pounds, set this year.

2013 winner Gary Miller of Napa, CA with his grandkids
2013 winner Gary Miller with his grandkids (above), giant pumpkin on the scale (below) Photos: Miramar Events
1,985-pound Atlantic Giant, winner of the 2013 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

This was Miller's first win at Half Moon Bay. "This is big ... to win here means a lot," he said. "The growers all understand the stature of Half Moon Bay and to win here is truly an honor."

Miller crushed the formidable field to take home home $11,910 ($6 per pound), a bonus $1,000 for Biggest Pumpkin from California, 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 his gargantuan gourd will be on display along with the top five overall from the weigh-off.

"What an impressive showing by Napa growers taking the top three spots," said Cameron Palmer, Pumpkin Festival Chairman. "Napa will now be known for more than growing just world-class grapes!"

Eda Muller of Half Moon Bay set a record of her own, weighing in with a 1,104-pound giant that was the heaviest ever in the Coastside Division.

The audience-judged Most Beautiful Pumpkin award went to Vince Zunino of Los Altos Hills, for his shapely, brilliant orange pumpkin that wowed appreciative fans of gourd gorgeousness.

Miller's grand champion mega-gourd will be proudly displayed at the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, this weekend (Oct. 19-20 — Saturday and Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in Half Moon Bay, California. Results follow:

2013 WEIGH-OFF RESULTS
1st Gary Miller, Napa CA 1,985 lbs. $11,910.
2nd Tim Mathison, Napa CA 1,894 lbs. $2,000.
3rd Leonard Urena, Napa CA 1,592 lbs. $1,500.
4th Russ Pugh, Santa Rosa CA 1,578 lbs. $1,000.
5th Russ Pingrey, Santa Rosa CA 1,521 lbs. $  500.
6th Ian Sigman, Petrolia CA 1,192 lbs. $  500.
7th Brock Torresdal, Emerald Hills CA 1,129 lbs. $  500.
8th Eda Muller, Half Moon Bay CA 1,104 lbs. $  500.
9th John Muller, Half Moon Bay CA 1,064 lbs. $  500.
10th Scott Stamp, Camino CA 839 lbs. $  500.
SPECIAL PRIZES:
Biggest from State of California
Gary Miller, Napa CA 1,985 lbs. $1,000.
Biggest from the Coastside
Eda Muller, Half Moon Bay CA 1,104 lbs. $  500.
John Muller, Half Moon Bay CA 1.064 lbs $  250.
George Armanino, Pescadero CA 382 lbs. $  100.
Most Beautiful Pumpkin
Vince Zunino, Los Altos Hills   $  500.