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Heavyweight Championship of Gargantuan Gourds
October 8, 2018 7am to 11am
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California
Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off winner

Washington Grower Breaks the American Record Winning the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off
in Half Moon Bay California – 2,363-pound Gargantuan Gourd is the 2nd Heaviest Pumpkin Ever Grown Worldwide

Mighty Mega-Gourd and Four Heaviest Overall Star at this Weekend’s Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA (October 9, 2017) — There is a new American record holding pumpkin king and his name is Joel Holland, a retired firefighter from Sumner WA, who set a new American record with a gorgeous and gargantuan 2,363-pound mega-gourd, the second heaviest pumpkin EVER grown worldwide at today’s Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay CA.

2017 Pumpkin Weigh Off Winner Joel Holland
Joel Holland from Sumner, WA, smashed the American record at today’s 44th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with his 2,363-pound giant 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 four pumpkins from the weigh-off, will be on display at the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on October 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photo: Bradley Wittke, Miramar Events

See the beautiful beast (and four heaviest overall) this weekend at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.

Nine pumpkins weighed in at over 1,100 pounds at this year's event. Complete results below.

Holland, now a 7-time winner at Half Moon Bay, won $16,541 ($7 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 his mighty gourd will be on display along with the top four overall from the weigh-off.

Last year's champion grower Cindy Tobeck of Olympia WA was second with a 2,002 pounder and won $2,000. Jeff Uhlmeyer of Tumwater WA was third with a 1,927 pounder and received $1,500.

2017 Pumpkin Weigh Off Winner Joel Holland
2017 Pumpkin Weigh Off Winner Joel Holland with his 2,363 lb winning gourd

George Armanino of Pescadero CA won Biggest Coastside Pumpkin at 881 pounds and received $500.

The audience-judged Most Beautiful Pumpkin award went to Art Martinez of Fremont CA. He won $500.

Holland's grand champion mega-gourd (and the top four overall) will be proudly displayed at the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, this weekend (Oct. 14-15 –– Saturday and Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in Half Moon Bay, California.

Results follow:

2017 WEIGH-OFF RESULTS

Open Division

PLACE NAME CITY/STATE WEIGHT PRIZE MONEY
1st Joel Holland Sumner WA 2,363 lbs $16,541
2nd Cindy Tobeck Olympia WA 2,002 lbs $2,000
3rd Jeff Uhlmeyer Tumwater WA 1,927 lbs $1,500
4th Steve Daletas Pleasant HIll OR 1,749 lbs $1,000
5th Gary Miller Napa CA 1,742 lbs $500
6th Jim Sherwood Mulino OR 1,665 lbs $500
7th Leanardo Urena Napa CA 1,610 lbs $500
8th John Hawkley Napa CA 1,327 lbs $500
9th James Martin Castro Valley CA 1,136 lbs $500
10th Lupe Carillo Aptos CA 883 lbs $500
11th George Armanino Pescadero CA 881 lbs $100
12th Farmer John Half Moon Bay CA 695 lbs $100
13th Tom Bedecarre Woodside CA 638 lbs $100
14th Bonnie Armanino Pescadero CA 568 lbs $100
15th Eda Muller Half Moon Bay CA 547 lbs $100
16th Belle Bramer Los Altos CA 508 lbs $100
17th Art Martinez Fremont CA 429 lbs $100
18th Jeff Johnson Castroville CA 418 lbs $100
19th Suzanne Kasso Los Altos CA 369 lbs $100
20th John Szabo Half Moon Bay CA 208 lbs $100

Special Prizes

Biggest from State of California

1st Gary Miller Napa CA 1,742 lbs. $1,000

Biggest from the Coastside

1st George Armanino Pescadero CA 881 lbs. $500
2nd Farmer John Half Moon Bay CA 695 lbs. $250
3rd Bonnie Armanino Pescadero CA 568 lbs. $100

Most Beautiful Pumpkin/Howard Dill Award

1st Art Martinez Fremont CA 429 lbs. $500

LOCATION & DATES

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

October 8, 2018
7am – 11am

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