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1,985 lb pumpkin wins the 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

A contest official measures a giant pumpkin during the 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 14, 2013 in Half Moon Bay, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

1,985 lb pumpkin wins World Championship

The World’s Greatest Gourd Growers and their astounding, mind-boggling, Volkswagen-sized orange orbs gathered on Monday, October 14 at the 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off—the “Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs”—in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California.

Gary

Miller of Napa, California  won the 40th Annual Safeway World

Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Offgigantic pumpkin with a gigantic pumpkin

that weighed in at 1,985 pounds. Miller took home a cash prize of

$11,910, or $6.00 a pound.

Organizers are offered $25,000 in prize money for a new world record pumpkin entered at Half Moon Bay.

A host of accomplished, grizzled veteran growers will contended for the

coveted title, the $25,000 world record prize and thousands of dollars

in additional prize money. In a pay-by-the-pound system, the winner was

guaranteed a hefty $6 per pound for the champion mega-pumpkin.(www.miramarevents.com)