Napa Emerges as Contest's Giant Pumpkin Capital

Oct 14, 2013 3:12 PM

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — California's Napa Valley apparently is good at growing more than grapes.

The top-three winners in the great pumpkin weigh-off held Monday in Half Moon Bay all are from Napa, the first time the wine-making region has dominated the annual competition now in its 40th year.

Gary Miller earned first place with a giant gourd that weighed 1,985 pounds, beating last year's winner by 210 pounds. Contest spokesman Tim Beeman says that's a record for Half Moon Bay event.

Miller earned $11,910 in prize money, plus another $1,000 since his pumpkin was California-grown.

The runner-up weighed in at 1,894 pounds and was grown by Tim Mathison of Napa, who at a different contest in Morgan Hill on Sunday broke the record for the biggest gourd in the world this year, a whopper weighing 2,023 pounds.

The third-place pumpkin weighed 1,592 pounds.


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