California Pumpkin Contest has Fall Flavor, Fun & Forklifts

Posted by: admin on October 29, 2014

giant pumpkinHalf Moon Bay recently celebrated their 41st annual pumpkin weigh-off, and the usual participants were on hand: autumn scenery, fall-themed decorations, plenty of pumpkins and – of course – forklifts.

According to the SF Gate story, an enormous white pumpkin took top honors with a weight of 2,058 pounds. You read that correctly. That’s over 2 tons of gargantuan gourd.

The pumpkin’s weigh-in process generated plenty of excitement. 30 pumpkins in all were scaled for the event, which took place in a parking lot adjacent to Main Street.

And when it was all said and done, John Hawkley of Napa, CA, won the weigh-in with his 2-ton plus pumpkin. The award for this year’s prize was $13,348 check — that’s almost $6.50 per pound, if you’re keeping track. It was Hawkley’s second straight winning pumpkin.

To move the huge pumpkins around the site, heavy-duty forklifts played a big role in this year’s Half Moon Bay pumpkinfest. In the early 1970s, forklifts weren’t required. In fact, the winning pumpkin of the first pumpkin weigh-in was just 132 pounds!

Pumpkins can grow noticeably in just 24 hours. Some gourds in Central California’s ideal climate can gain 50 pounds in just one day.

The five heaviest pumpkins were auctioned off to the highest bidders.

So just how big can the Half Moon Bay pumpkins get? Kit Welsh has been at the pumpkin weigh-ins for over 2 decades. Her assessment: “They always get bigger. I don’t know how, but they always do.”

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Thanks for checking out our blog. And have a fun & safe Halloween – no matter how big your pumpkins get!

 

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