2020 World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
No weigh. Weigh!!! Bring it on burly, beefy, behemoths!
The excitement is building in Pumpkintown as the World’s Greatest Gourd Growers and their titanic, mind-blowing, Volkswagen-sized orange orbs hope to squash the world record on Monday, October 12 at the 47th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off –– the “Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs” –– in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California.
A host of accomplished veteran growers will contend for the coveted title, the $30,000 world record prize and thousands of dollars in additional prize money. In a pay-by-the-pound system, the winner is guaranteed a hefty $7 per pound for the champion mega-gourd plus a starring role in the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 17-18 (including a free weekend at the posh, pumpkin-centric Ritz-Carlton on the stunningly beautiful Half Moon Bay coast).
Defending Half Moon Bay champion Leonardo Urena took home the top prize with his 2,175-pound weigh-off champion mega-gourd that obliterated a formidable field of heavyweight contenders and set a new California record in winning the 2019 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off.
Beauty will share center stage with beefy brawn with a $1000 prize awarded to the “most beautiful pumpkin” as judged by the audience based on color, shape, and size.
The grand champion gourd (along with the top four overall) will be on display at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 17-18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street.