Washington Grower Breaks the American Record Winning the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off
in Half Moon Bay California – 2,363-pound Gargantuan Gourd is the 2nd Heaviest Pumpkin Ever Grown Worldwide
Mighty Mega-Gourd and Four Heaviest Overall Star at this Weekend’s Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA (October 9, 2017) — There is a new American record holding pumpkin king and his name is Joel Holland, a retired firefighter from Sumner WA, who set a new American record with a gorgeous and gargantuan 2,363-pound mega-gourd, the second heaviest pumpkin EVER grown worldwide at today’s Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay CA.
Joel Holland from Sumner, WA, smashed the American record at today’s 44th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with his 2,363-pound giant that clobbered the formidable field of gourd growing greats in the west coast pumpkin mecca of Half Moon Bay CA. 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 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photo: Bradley Wittke, Miramar Events
See the beautiful beast (and four heaviest overall) this weekend at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.
Nine pumpkins weighed in at over 1,100 pounds at this year's event. Complete results below.
Holland, now a 7-time winner at Half Moon Bay, won $16,541 ($7 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 mighty gourd will be on display along with the top four overall from the weigh-off.
Last year's champion grower Cindy Tobeck of Olympia WA was second with a 2,002 pounder and won $2,000. Jeff Uhlmeyer of Tumwater WA was third with a 1,927 pounder and received $1,500.
George Armanino of Pescadero CA won Biggest Coastside Pumpkin at 881 pounds and received $500.
The audience-judged Most Beautiful Pumpkin award went to Art Martinez of Fremont CA. He won $500.
Holland's grand champion mega-gourd (and the top four overall) will be proudly displayed at the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, this weekend (Oct. 14-15 –– Saturday and Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in Half Moon Bay, California.
2017 WEIGH-OFF RESULTS
|1st||Joel Holland||Sumner WA||2,363 lbs||$16,541|
|2nd||Cindy Tobeck||Olympia WA||2,002 lbs||$2,000|
|3rd||Jeff Uhlmeyer||Tumwater WA||1,927 lbs||$1,500|
|4th||Steve Daletas||Pleasant HIll OR||1,749 lbs||$1,000|
|5th||Gary Miller||Napa CA||1,742 lbs||$500|
|6th||Jim Sherwood||Mulino OR||1,665 lbs||$500|
|7th||Leanardo Urena||Napa CA||1,610 lbs||$500|
|8th||John Hawkley||Napa CA||1,327 lbs||$500|
|9th||James Martin||Castro Valley CA||1,136 lbs||$500|
|10th||Lupe Carillo||Aptos CA||883 lbs||$500|
|11th||George Armanino||Pescadero CA||881 lbs||$100|
|12th||Farmer John||Half Moon Bay CA||695 lbs||$100|
|13th||Tom Bedecarre||Woodside CA||638 lbs||$100|
|14th||Bonnie Armanino||Pescadero CA||568 lbs||$100|
|15th||Eda Muller||Half Moon Bay CA||547 lbs||$100|
|16th||Belle Bramer||Los Altos CA||508 lbs||$100|
|17th||Art Martinez||Fremont CA||429 lbs||$100|
|18th||Jeff Johnson||Castroville CA||418 lbs||$100|
|19th||Suzanne Kasso||Los Altos CA||369 lbs||$100|
|20th||John Szabo||Half Moon Bay CA||208 lbs||$100|
Biggest from State of California
|1st||Gary Miller||Napa CA||1,742 lbs.||$1,000|
Biggest from the Coastside
|1st||George Armanino||Pescadero CA||881 lbs.||$500|
|2nd||Farmer John||Half Moon Bay CA||695 lbs.||$250|
|3rd||Bonnie Armanino||Pescadero CA||568 lbs.||$100|
Most Beautiful Pumpkin/Howard Dill Award
|1st||Art Martinez||Fremont CA||429 lbs.||$500|