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.
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 with his grandkids (above), giant pumpkin on the scale (below) Photos: Miramar Events
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.|
|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.|