HALF MOON BAY (CBS SF) — Giant pumpkins are arriving in Half Moon Bay hoping to crush the competition and take the title of world’s heaviest pumpkin in Monday’s weigh-off.'Highway Slingshot Shooter' Fires Ball Bearings at Windows Along San Jose's Guadalupe Freeway
A $30-thousand prize is on the line if someone’s gourd can best the current record holder weighed at 2,102 pounds earlier this month in Switzerland.
A $500 prize will be awarded for the “most beautiful pumpkin” as judged by the audience.
Forklifts and harnesses will be used to hoist the mammoth pumpkins onto a digital scale under the watch of the San Mateo County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office of Weights, Sealers, and Measures.READ MORE: 3 East Bay School Districts Go All-In on Student Vaccine Mandates
California’s drought may affect the competitors this year.
“We have a 30-percent voluntary reduction, so I grew seven plants instead of ten,” Santa Rosa competitor Russ Pugh said.
The weigh-in takes place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the I.D.E.S. Grounds in Half Moon Bay.MORE NEWS: State-of-the-Art Water Purification Plant Helps Silicon Valley Battle Drought
Last year, Gary Miller of Napa won the competition with a 1,985-pound pumpkin.