HALF MOON BAY (CBS SF/AP) — Napa’s Leonardo Urena has grown a giant gourd that would make Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin proud.
Urena’s pumpkin weighed in at a state record 2,175 pounds to claimed the $15,000 top prize Monday at the 46th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh Off.READ MORE: COVID Reopening: Burning Man Mulling Proof Of Vaccination For August 2021 Festival
Weigh-off spokesman Timothy Beeman said Urena’s pumpkin was the second largest in the contest’s history. A pumpkin from Washington state weighed nearly 2,400 pounds and won in Half Moon Bay in 2017.READ MORE: San Francisco Considers Spending Hundreds of Millions on Safe Sleeping Sites For Homeless
The 51-year-old said he took up the hobby in 2000 and enjoys the pumpkin growing community. He also won the Half Moon Bay contest in 2011.MORE NEWS: DA Chesa Boudin Touts Police Reform Legislation AB127; SFPOA Pushes Back
Urena says he always tells his pumpkins he’s proud of them and he encourages them to keep growing.