Oregon Grower Wins His Third Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off
Half Moon Bay Has Deepest Field Ever With Eleven Pumpkin Weighing In At 1,000+ Pounds
Mighty Mega-gourd Stars at This Weekend’s Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA (October 12, 2015) — Steve Daletas, a 55 year old airline pilot from Pleasant Hill, OR, dominated today’s 42nd Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with his 1,969-pound vanilla-colored whopper that clobbered the formidable field of gourd growing greats on a picture-perfect morning in the west coast pumpkin mecca of Half Moon Bay CA.
Steve Daletas, 55, from Pleasant Hill, OR, dominated today’s 42nd Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with his 1,969-pound vanilla-colored whopper that clobbered the formidable field of gourd growing greats on a picture-perfect morning 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 17-18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pictured: Steve Daletas with his wife Susie, and his parents, Jeanette and Mitch) Photo: Miramar Events
Daletas’ mammoth gourd is the twelfth heaviest pumpkin weighed in the world and the heaviest entered in a California weigh-off this year.
It was Half Moon Bay’s deepest field ever with eleven pumpkins exceeded 1,000-pounds, making its Top Ten average weights among the best of the more than 100 weigh-off events sanctioned by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth worldwide in 2015.
This was Daletas’ third win at Half Moon Bay (he also won in 2001 and 2003), considered the Super Bowl of Weigh-Off events. “Competition growers all over the world understand the stature and historical significance of Half Moon Bay and to win here is an incredible feeling,“ he said. “It’s been a great year and I simply could not have accomplished this without the support of my family…it’s definitely a team effort."
Daletas won $11,814 ($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 his gargantuan gourd will be on display along with the top five overall from the weigh-off.
Using forklifts, special harnesses and brute force, 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. Photo: Miramar Events
The brother sister team of Ron and Karen Root of Citrus Heights CA were second with a 1,806 pounder and won $2,000. Jack Larue of Tenino WA was third with a 1,685 pounder and received $1,500.
George Armanino of Pescadero CA won Biggest Coastside Pumpkin and received $500.
The audience-judged Most Beautiful Pumpkin award went to Eric Carlson of Portola Valley CA for the second consecutive year. He won $500.
Daletas' grand champion mega-gourd will be proudly displayed at the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, this weekend (Oct. 17-18 –– Saturday and Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in Half Moon Bay, California.