Oct 12, 2015 3:22 PM by News Staff, Photo: Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off/Facebook
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) - The orange gourd that was the winner in a San Francisco Bay Area pumpkin growing contest tipped the scales at 1,969 pounds.
Growers with their astounding, orange gourds gathered Monday to try to break the current world record of 2,323 pounds set by a Swiss grower during a weigh-off in Germany last year.
It didn't happen.
But Steve Daletas of Pleasant Hill, Ore. grew the 1,969-pounder, winning the contest and $12,000 for his efforts.
A $500 prize was also awarded to the "most beautiful" pumpkin based on color, shape and size.
Last year, grower John Hawkley set a North American record with a 2,058-pounder. He returned to defend his title Monday and his pumpkin weighed in at 1,447 pounds.
The contest kicks off the Art & Pumpkin Festival, which takes place this weekend.
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