1,910-pound pumpkin wins California Pumpkin Weigh-Off championship

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ByMatt Keller KGO logo
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Pumpkin weigh-off underway in Half Moon Bay
The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin weigh-off is kicking off in Half Moon Bay today.

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. -- A 1,910-pound pumpkin has won the 2016 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay. Cindy Tobeck, an elementary school teacher from Washington, grew the massive gourd. The largest California grown pumpkin weighed in at a whopping 1,723 pounds.

Organizers were hoping to see a record breaking pumpkin; the world record had been 2,232 pounds, but now a pumpkin weighing 2,624 pounds has reportedly been grown in Belgium. There was a $30,000 prize for anyone who broke the world record, Tobeck will still gets $6 a pound.

PHOTOS: 2016 pumpkin weigh-off in Half Moon Bay

Gigantic gourds are weighed at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in Half Moon Bay, Calif. on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.

Last year, a rippled white gourd weighing in at 1,969 pounds took the title at the weigh-off. Steve Daletas of Pleasant Hill, Oregon, won first place and a check for $12,000 for the gigantic pumpkin he grew.

The champion pumpkin, along with the top five pumpkins overall, will be on display at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. For more information, click here.