HALF MOON BAY (CBS SF) — An Oregon grower was crowned champion of the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival with his monster 1,969 pound gourd.
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Ron and Karen Root came in second place with a pumpkin weighing 1,806 pounds. Jake Larue ranked third with a 1,685 pumpkin.
But his pumpkin fell short of a couple records.
Last year, grower John Hawkley set a North American record with a 2,058-pounder. He is expected to return to defend his title.
The current world record was set last year in Germany at a little more than 2,300 pounds. Any pumpkin grower that topped that would have earned the $30,000 prize.
A $500 prize will also be awarded to the “most beautiful” pumpkin based on color, shape and size. The audience will vote.READ MORE: Man Arrested Following Weekend Bar Shooting In Belmont
The contest kicks off the Art & Pumpkin Festival, which takes place this weekend.
Here are the latest updates from the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Twitter feed:
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