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Thad Starr, from Pleasant Hill, Ore., moves his pumpkin for the weigh-in with his son Derek, 7, at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Weigh-off contest in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Monday. The pumpkin weighed 1,775 pounds, a California record. Starr won the first place and $10,650. (Associated Press)<br>

Thad Starr, from Pleasant Hill, Ore., moves his pumpkin for the weigh-in with his son Derek, 7, at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Weigh-off contest in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Monday. The pumpkin weighed 1,775 pounds, a California record. Starr won the first place and $10,650. (Associated Press)

Oregon man wins Half Moon Bay pumpkin contest

Last Modified: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 12:25 PM

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A grower from Oregon is the winner of this year's Half Moon Bay giant pumpkin contest with a gourd weighing in at 1,775 pounds.

Forty-five-year-old Thad Starr from Pleasant Hill, Ore., set a contest record with his pumpkin Monday, beating last year's winner by 71 pounds.

Starr, who has won the contest twice before, said he plans to use the $10,650 in prize money to take his family to Disneyland.

His pumpkin will be on display this weekend at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival.

The runner-up came in at 1,521 pounds. That pumpkin is also expected to be on display this weekend.

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