Saturday, October 22, 2011

New Pumpkin Record at Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-Off

We told you about the Pumpkin festival at Half Moon Bay, and now we are pleased to announce the big winner for the biggest pumpkin.

Pumpkin grower Leonardo Urena set a new California State record with his 1,704-pound Atlantic Giant that won the 38th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California.

Half Moon Bay saw ,two of the three biggest pumpkins in the world this year. Brant Bordsen of Marysville, CA was the runner-up at Half Moon Bay with a 1,693-pound beast.

Urena, 43, a landscaper for a Napa winery won the top prize of $11,224 ($6 per pound plus another $1,000 special prize for the biggest pumpkin from California).

Urena said it was the perfect soil, good seed from one of his previous behemoths (a 991-pounder), and the love and support of his family for his impressive victory.

The Half Moon Bay win also crowned Urena "Grower of the Year" honors from the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) for his Top 3 pumpkins total weight of 4,948 pounds at three separate weigh-offs, best in GPC history.

1st Leonardo Urena, Napa CA 1,704 lbs. $10,224.
2nd Brant Bordsen, Marysville CA 1,693 lbs. $2,000.
3rd Tim Mathison, Napa CA 1,554 lbs. $1,500.
4th John Hawkley, Napa CA 1,548 lbs. $1,000.
5th Ron Root, Citrus Heights, CA 1,521 lbs. $ 500.
6th Thad Starr, Pleasant Hill OR 1,487 lbs. $ 500.
7th Steve Daletas, Pleasant Hill OR 1,292 lbs. $ 500.
8th Robert Globus, Walnut Grove CA 1,273 lbs. $ 500.
9th Jim Sherwood, Mulino OR 1,220 lbs. $ 500.
10th James Martin, Hayward CA 1,097 lbs. $ 500.