HMB Pumpkin Weigh-Off 2012

2012 winner Thad Starr and family with his 1,775 pound Atlantic Giant(credit: Miramar Events)
39th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Superstar grower Thad Starr, a 45-year old stay-at-home dad from Pleasant Hill, OR, cemented his growing legend by setting a new California State record with his ginormous 1,775-pound Atlantic Giant that dominated today’s 39th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on a picture-perfect morning! See it at this weekend's world-famous Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival.

2012 winner Thad Starr and family with his 1,775 pound Atlantic Giant

(credit: Miramar Events)
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38th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (credit: Miramar Events)

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38th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (credit: Miramar Events)

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38th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (credit: Miramar Events)

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[ Learn More @ Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival ]
38th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (credit: Miramar Events)

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[ Learn More @ Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival ]
38th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (credit: Miramar Events)

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38th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (credit: Miramar Events)

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37th Annual Half Moon Bay World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (credit: Miramar Events)

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[ Learn More @ Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival ]
37th Annual Half Moon Bay World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (credit: Miramar Events)

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[ Learn More @ Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival ]
37th Annual Half Moon Bay World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (credit: Miramar Events)

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36th Annual HMB Pumpkin Weigh-Off
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (credit: Miramar Events)

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36th Annual HMB Pumpkin Weigh-Off
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (credit: Miramar Events)

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36th Annual HMB Pumpkin Weigh-Off
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (credit: Miramar Events)

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Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11: Ron Root of Citrus Heights, California celebrates after winning the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with his 1,535 pound pumpkin on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ron Root won the competition with a 1,535 pound pumpkim and took home $9,210 in prize money equal to $6 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11: Workers use a forklift to move a giant pumpkin during the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ron Root of Citrus Heights, California won the competition with a 1,535 pound pumpkim and took home $9,210 in prize money equal to $6 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11: A giant pumpkin sits in the back of a pickup truck before the start of the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ron Root of Citrus Heights, California won the competition with a 1,535 pound pumpkim and took home $9,210 in prize money equal to $6 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11: A giant pumpkin sits in the back of a pickup truck before the start of the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ron Root of Citrus Heights, California won the competition with a 1,535 pound pumpkim and took home $9,210 in prize money equal to $6 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11: Trucks loaded with giant pumpkins line up before the start of the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ron Root of Citrus Heights, California won the competition with a 1,535 pound pumpkim and took home $9,210 in prize money equal to $6 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11: Workers use a forklift to move a giant pumpkin during the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ron Root of Citrus Heights, California won the competition with a 1,535 pound pumpkim and took home $9,210 in prize money equal to $6 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11: Ron Root of Citrus Heights, California celebrates after winning the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with his 1,535 pound pumpkin on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ron Root took home $9,210 for his massive pumpkin, or $6 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11: Trucks loaded with giant pumpkins line up before the start of the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ron Root of Citrus Heights, California won the competition with a 1,535 pound pumpkim and took home $9,210 in prize money equal to $6 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11: Trucks loaded with giant pumpkins line up before the start of the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ron Root of Citrus Heights, California won the competition with a 1,535 pound pumpkim and took home $9,210 in prize money equal to $6 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11: Workers use a forklift to move a giant pumpkin during the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ron Root of Citrus Heights, California won the competition with a 1,535 pound pumpkim and took home $9,210 in prize money equal to $6 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11: A man wears a plastic pumpkin on the brim of his hat before the start of the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ron Root of Citrus Heights, California won the competition with a 1,535 pound pumpkim and took home $9,210 in prize money equal to $6 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11: Ron Root (L) of Citrus Heights, California as his pumpkin is weighed during the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ron Root won the competition with a 1,535 pound pumpkim and took home $9,210 in prize money equal to $6 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11: A young boy looks at giant pumpkins in the back of a pickup truck before the start of the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ron Root of Citrus Heights, California won the competition with a 1,535 pound pumpkim and took home $9,210 in prize money equal to $6 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Mighty Gourds On View At Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11: Ron Root of Citrus Heights, California celebrates after winning the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with his 1,535 pound pumpkin on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ron Root took home $9,210 for his massive pumpkin, or $6 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: A man touches an oversized pumpkin at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: An oversized pumpin is moved with a forklift before being weighed at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: Pumpkin farmer John Mueller (L) stands next to his oversized pumpkins with a young girl at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: Thad Starr stands next to his pumpkin after it weighed in at 1528 pounds at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: A man looks at oversized pumpkins that sit in the back of pickup trucks at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: Thad Starr stands next to his pumpkin as it weighs in at 1528 pounds at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: Pumpkin farmer John Mueller (L) drives his tractor that pulls a load of oversized pumpkins at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: Judges at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off measure a giant pumpkin October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: An oversized pumpkin sits in the bed of a pickup at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: Leonardo Urena pumps his fists as his pumpkin weighs in at 1404 pounds at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: A man walks by a row of oversized pumpkins at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: A group of kids try to look at an oversized pumpkin in the bed of a pickup at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: Pumpkin farmer John Mueller stands next to his oversized pumpkins at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: Spectators look into a truck trailer to look at Thad Starr's 1528 pound pumpkin at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: Thad Starr (L) helps move his pumpkin before it is weighed during the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
Pumpkin Growers Hold Weigh Off For Annual Pumkpin Championships
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 13: Thad Starr (C) looks up at the scale after his pumpkin weighed in at 1528 pounds during the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 13, 2008 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1528 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9168. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: A man looks at a giant pumpkin in the back of a truck at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: An orange Ranchero carries a giant pumpkin arrives at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: A miniature pumpkin sits on top of a giant pumpkin at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: A row of pickup trucks hold giant pumpkins at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: A man looks at a giant pumpkin in the back of a truck at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: Jerry Bello (R) and his four year-old grandson Kyler Dewild sit on a trailer with giant pumpkins as they wait for them to be weighed in at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: Giant pumpkins are displyed to the crowd before being weighed at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: A group of farmers stand next to their vehicles with giant pumpkins at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: A worker guides a forklift carrying a pumpkin owned by Thad Starr that weighs 1524 pounds at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: A young girl plays near a row of giant sized pumpkins at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: Thad Starr (R) places a miniature pumpkin on his 1524 pound pumpkin at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: Thad Starr reacts as his pumpkin weighs in at 1524 pounds at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: Jerry Bello and his four year-old grandson Kyler Dewild sit on a trailer with giant pumpkins as they wait for them to be weighed in at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: A worker guides a giant pumpkin onto a scale at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: Thad Starr reacts as his pumpkin weighs in at 1524 pounds at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
California Growers Compete For Largest Pumpkin Honors
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 08: A man stands next to his giant pumpkins as he waits for them to be weighed in at the 34th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 8, 2007 in Half Moon Bay, California. Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon took the top honor at tihis years pumpkin weigh-off with his pumpkin coming in at 1524 pounds, earning his $6 per pound in prize money for a total of $9144. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Held In California
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Held In California
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 14: Contest officials measure Kirk Mombert's 1,173 pound pumpkin as it sits on a scale at the 29th annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-off October 14, 2002 in Half Moon Bay, California. Kirk Mombert, from Harrisburg Oregon, won the annual event and broke the previous California record of 1,016. He also took home $5865 in prize money, $5 per pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Held In California
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Held In California
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 14: Kirk Mombert stands next to his 1,173 pound pumpkin as it sits on a scale at the 29th annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-off October 14, 2002 in Half Moon Bay, California. Kirk Mombert, from Harrisburg Oregon, won the annual event and broke the previous California record of 1,016. He also took home $5865 in prize money, $5 per pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Held In California
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Held In California
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 14: Kirk Mombert walks past three large pumpkins at the 29th annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-off October 14, 2002 in Half Moon Bay, California. Kirk Mombert, from Harrisburg Oregon, won the annual event and broke the previous California record of 1,016. He also took home $5865 in prize money, $5 per pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Held In California
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Held In California
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 14: Volunteers push Kirk Mombert's 1,173 pound pumpkin onto a forklift after it was weighed at the 29th annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-off October 14, 2002 in Half Moon Bay, California. Kirk Mombert, from Harrisburg Oregon, won the annual event and broke the previous California record of 1,016. He also took home $5865 in prize money, $5 per pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Held In California
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Held In California
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 14: Volunteers push Kirk Mombert's 1,173 pound pumpkin onto a scale at the 29th annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-off October 14, 2002 in Half Moon Bay, California. Kirk Mombert, from Harrisburg Oregon, won the annual event and broke the previous California record of 1,016. He also took home $5865 in prize money, $5 per pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Held In California
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Held In California
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 14: Tony Zunino, 5, climbs on his 826 pound pumpkin as it sits in the back of a truck at the 29th annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-off October 14, 2002 in Half Moon Bay, California. Kirk Mombert, from Harrisburg Oregon, won the annual event and broke the previous California record of 1,016. He also took home $5865 in prize money, $5 per pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Held In California
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Held In California
HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 14: Scotty Daletas, 11, carves a pumpkin at the 29th annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-off October 14, 2002 in Half Moon Bay, California. Kirk Mombert, from Harrisburg Oregon, won the annual event and broke the previous California record of 1,016. He also took home $5865 in prize money, $5 per pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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