Official Rules

The Official Rules for Half Moon Bay's Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off are as follows:

giant pumpkin weight estimator tape measure
The Official Giant Pumpkin Weight Estimator Tape Measure
  1. Specimen must be grown, cared for, and entered by the weigh-off contestant.
  2. Each contestant is limited to having one entry (one pumpkin) weighed.
  3. Specimens that have won prizes in any other weigh-off competitions are not eligible.
  4. Specimens must be in healthy and undamaged condition, free of rot, holes and cracks through the cavity, chemical residue, and soft spots.
  5. To be classified as pumpkin, specimen must be 75% yellow/orange in color; all others will be classified as squash.
  6. The vine must be trimmed to one inch from the stem. No foreign material is permitted in the weighing.
  7. All specimens will be weighed without the use of tarps or other carrying devices.
  8. Pumpkins will be classified by division based on where the specimen is grown, not the residence of the grower.
  9. In the event of a tie, prize money will be distributed equally among the tied parties.
  10. Decisions of the judges are final in all cases.
  11. To receive the $30,000 world record prize, the grower must break and hold the world record at the conclusion of the Half Moon Bay weigh-off. If two or more growers happen to break the world record at Half Moon Bay, the prize money would go to the grower of the heaviest pumpkin.



Growers are responsible for bringing their entries to the weigh-off by 7:00 a.m. Weigh-off staff will move pumpkins by forklift. ALL entries will be handled with care. Get Directions


The weighing and inspection will be officiated by the GPC and San Mateo County Department of Agriculture Office of Weights and Measures. The official weighing will be conducted using a 2-ton capacity digital scale.


This event is open to growers of giant competition-sized pumpkins only. Growers are required to pre-register. Registration will be available closer to the event.



palettes of weigh off contestant pumpkins

The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Heavyweight Championship of Gargantuan Gourds
October 11, 2021 7am to 2pm
Half Moon Bay, CA