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)
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.