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SAFEWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF
World Heavyweight Championship of Gargantuan Gourds
World's Biggest Top Prize of $7 Per Pound and $30K Mega-Prize for World Record Pumpkin

Monday, October 12, 2020 – 7am to 11am
I.D.E.S. Grounds, 735 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California

WHAT:

WHAT:

Great Pumpkin Commonwealth

HALF MOON BAY IS AN OFFICIAL GPC SITE

2015 Weigh-off pumpkin being lifted onto scale closeup
Giant pumpkin lifted by forklift onto the official scale
Bring it on beefy, burly behemoths! The excitement is building in Pumpkintown as the  World’s Greatest Gourd Growers and their astounding, mind-boggling, Volkswagen-sized orange orbs hope to squash the world record on Monday, October 12 at the 47th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off — the “Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs” — in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California.

Weigh-off organizers and title sponsor Safeway are offering a world’s biggest top prize of $7 per pound. Also at stake are thousands of dollars in beefed up overall prize money doled out to the top 20 plus the big carrot: a $30,000 total mega-prize for a new world record pumpkin entered at Half Moon Bay — considered the “Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs”.  

A host of accomplished, grizzled veteran growers will contend for the coveted title plus a starring role in the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 17-18 (including a free weekend at the posh, pumpkin-centric Ritz-Carlton on the stunningly beautiful Half Moon Bay coast).

Two-time Half Moon Bay champion Leonardo Urena’s goliath 2,175-pound mega-gourd obliterated a formidable field of heavyweight contenders in winning the 2019 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off and setting a new California record.

Beauty will share center stage with beefy brawn — a special $1,000 prize will be awarded to the “most beautiful pumpkin” as judged by a judging panel, growers and audience based on color, shape and size. Additional special prizes include: Biggest California Pumpkin — $1,000; Biggest Coastside Pumpkin — $1,000.

Using forklifts and special harnesses, 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. Half Moon Bay’s Weigh-Off will serve as an officially sanctioned Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) site. THE GRAND CHAMPION MEGA-GOURD, ALONG WITH THE TOP FOUR WEIGH-OFF PUMPKINS, WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL, OCTOBER 17-18 FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON MAIN STREET.

WHEN:

WHEN:

Monday, October 12, 2020. Weighing will begin at 7 a.m. and will be concluded at 11 a.m. Growers will start lining the street as daylight breaks by 7 a.m.

WHERE:

WHERE:

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

WHY:

WHY:

The weigh-off kicks off the world-famous HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL—THE FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE OCTOBER 17-18  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on historic Main Street. The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous heavyweight champion pumpkins, smashing entertainment with four stages of stellar live music, the home-spun Great Pumpkin Parade, boo-tiful harvest-inspired crafts, tasty homestyle foods, premium wines, seasonal craft beer, pumpkin-infused ales, pumpkin-flavored artisanal cocktails, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting monster pumpkins into amazing one-of-a-kind masterpieces, photos with the gargantuan grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun, the world’s largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture that measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high and weighs 10,000 pounds by artist Peter Hazel, the Xfinity Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, wild and wacky waterballerz, ultra thrilling bungee jump, Cornhole game area, Stay Cool Misting Tent, selfies and fun with the delightfully rotund, playful and mischievious Pumpkin Festival mascot “Gourdy”, the Sunday-only “Made on the Coast” local artists block with all-original art and live music, and the Sunday-only Great Pumpkin Run – 10k, 5k, Half Marathon and Kids' Fun Run, plus sweet sponsor swag giveaways and samples. Festival admission is free. Pets are not allowed. Presented by the non-profit Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee which has raised several million dollars for community service organizations and civic improvements in its 50 year history. Festival Info-Line: 650-726-9652 or visit www.miramarevents.com.

PRIZE MONEY:

PRIZE MONEY:

1st Place — $7 per pound
2nd Place — $3,000
3rd Place — $2,500
4th Place — $2,000
5th–10th Place — $1,000 each
11th–20th Place — $200 each

SPECIAL PRIZES:

SPECIAL PRIZES:

World Record Pumpkin — $30,000 (total)
Biggest California Pumpkin — $1,000
Biggest Coastside Pumpkin (Montara to Pescadero) — $1,000
Most Beautiful Pumpkin — $1,000

INFO-LINE:

INFO-LINE:

650-726-9652

FACEBOOK:

FACEBOOK:

TWITTER:

TWITTER:

@HMBPumpkinFest

INSTAGRAM:

INSTAGRAM:

https://instagram.com/hmbpumpkinfest

YOUTUBE:

YOUTUBE:

https://youtu.be/cl0cce775Kk

The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Heavyweight Championship of Gargantuan Gourds
October 12, 2020 7am to 11am
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA