2018 Results

Superstar Oregon Grower Steve Daletas Now a 4-Time Champion at Half Moon Bay’s Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Capturing the Coveted Title With a Beautiful 2,170-Pound Beast

Mighty Mega-Gourd and Four Heaviest Overall Star at this Weekend’s Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

It was a momentous reckoning day in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California.

2018 Pumpkin Weigh-Off 4-time winner Steve Daletas
Steve Daletas from Pleasant Hill, Oregon, took top honors at today’s 45th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with his 2,170-pound giant. The grand champion mega-gourd, along with the top four pumpkins from the weigh-off, will be on display at the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on October 13-14 from 9am to 5pm. 

On a picture perfect Monday, Steve Daletas, an airline pilot from Pleasant Hill, Ore., took top honors at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off and his Goliath gourd, beautifully shaped with a creamsicle orange sheen, made him a four-time winner of the prestigious Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs. 

His behemoth rocked the scales while the audience roared with anticipation, finally settling in at an astounding 2,170 pounds with a circumference of 218”

A good size girth indeed.

It was the second-heaviest pumpkin ever weighed at Half Moon Bay, one of twelve gargantuan gourds that weighed in over 1,000-pounds making it their deepest field in historyComplete results below.

Daletas won out over a formidable field of accomplished veteran growers, pocketing a cool $15,190 ($7/pound) and donning the coveted Mel Mello Sr. Grand Champion Growers Jacket. 

The great and magnificent Daletas' prodigious pumpkin (along with the other top 4 pumpkins) will be displayed with pride and play a starring role in this weekend’s Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 13-14 from 9am to 5pm on Main Street. 

2018 Pumpkin Weigh-Off winner Steve Daletas and family
Steve Daletas and family pose for photos
Presentation of official winner's jacket
Presentation of the Mel Mello Sr. Grand Champion Growers Jacket
2018 Pumpkin Weigh-Off top 4 giant pumpkins
Top 4 Giant Pumpkins

2018 WEIGH-OFF RESULTS

Open Division

PLACE NAME CITY/STATE WEIGHT PRIZE MONEY
1st Steve Daletas Pleasant Hill, OR 2,170 lbs $15,190
2nd Josiah Brandt Rudolph, WI 2,136 lbs $2,000
3rd Ruben Frias Napa, CA 1,805 lbs $1,500
4th Leonardo Urena Napa, CA 1,707 lbs $1,000
5th John Hawkley Napa, CA 1,654 lbs $500
6th Jim Sherwood Mulino, OR 1,617 lbs $500
7th Vince Zunino Los Altos Hills, CA 1,513 lbs $500
8th Charity Marshall Castle Rock, WA 1,458 lbs $500
9th Ian Sigman Honeydew, CA 1,456 lbs $500
10th Gary Miller Napa, CA 1,434 lbs $500
11th Jack LaRue Tenino, WA 1,317 lbs $100
12th Lupe Carillo Aptos, CA 1,102 lbs $100
13th Eric Carlson Portola Valley, CA 794 lbs $100
14th Scott Stamp Camino, CA 639 lbs $100
15th George Armanino Pescadero, CA 617 lbs $100
16th Mary Pezzini Salinas, CA 607 lbs $100
17th Bonnie Armanino Pescadero, CA 581 lbs $100
18th Art Martinez Fremont, CA 579 lbs $100
19th Tom Bedecarre Woodside, CA 544 lbs $100
20th Bradley Wittke Pacifica, CA 475 lbs $100

Special Prizes

Biggest from State of California

1st Ruben Frias Napa, CA 1,805 lbs $1,000

Biggest from the Coastside

1st George Armanino Pescadero, CA 617 lbs $500
2nd Bonnie Armanino Pescadero, CA 581 lbs $250
3rd John Szabo Half Moon Bay, CA 431 lbs $100

Most Beautiful Pumpkin/Howard Dill Award

1st Eric Carlson Portola Valley, CA 794 lbs $500

The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Heavyweight Championship of Gargantuan Gourds
October 14, 2019 7am to 11am
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA