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48th SAFEWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF
World Heavyweight Championship of Gargantuan Gourds
World's Biggest Top Prize of $9 Per Pound and $30K Mega-Prize for World Record Pumpkin

Monday, October 11, 2021 – 7am to 2pm

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 11 at the 48th 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 $9 per pound. Also at stake are thousands of dollars in super hefty 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”.

Travis Gienger’s goliath 2,350-pound mega-gourd obliterated a formidable field of heavyweight contenders in winning the 2020 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off and setting a new California record. It was the heaviest pumpkin weighed in North America in 2020.

Beauty will share center stage with beefy brawn — a special $1,000 prize will be awarded to the “most beautiful pumpkin” as judged by our esteemed panel 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.

WHEN:

WHEN:

Monday, October 11, 2021. Weighing will begin at 7am and will be concluded at 2pm. 

WHERE:

The weigh-off location has not been determined at this time due to lingering pandemic uncertainties.

Organizers hope to bring the weigh-off back to the established IDES Grounds location on Main Street this year but in the end the event site will be dictated by mandated guidelines and the hopeful easing of restrictions in the months ahead.

Last year’s weigh-off site, Long Branch Farms, will be the alternate location if a private, limited capacity location is required.

WHY:

WHY:

The Weigh-Off kicks off the world-famous HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Each year 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 — $9 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
Joe Cotchett Family 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/rY6Pptu40eA

The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

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