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PostHeaderIcon Nearly Two-ton Pumpkin Wins at Half Moon Bay

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Superstar grower Thad Starr, a 45-year old stay-at-home dad from Pleasant Hill, OR, cemented his growing legend by setting a new California State record with his 1,775-pound Atlantic Giant that dominated Monday's 39th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on a picture-perfect morning in Half Moon Bay.

This was Starr’s third win at Half Moon Bay. “Among growers, Half Moon Bay is looked at as the Super Bowl of weigh-offs,” said Starr. “Honestly, the bragging rights probably mean more than the prize money. Plus, Half Moon Bay's Green Jacket’s pretty cool,” said Starr with his wife and two children by his side following the win.

He obliterated the formidable field of 50 heavyweight growers to take home $10,650 ($6 per pound), Half Moon Bay’s coveted “Grand Champion Green Jacket” and a “starring role” in this weekend’s Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival where his gargantuan gourd will be on display along with the top five overall from the weigh-off.

Starr’s grand champion mega-gourd will be displayed at the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, this weekend (Oct. 13-14 –– Saturday and Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in Half Moon Bay, California.

The Half Moon Bay Pumpkin festival began in 1971 with an all volunteer non profit group determined to raise funds to improve Main Street in downtown Half Moon Bay. 

For information on the festival, call 650-726-9652 or visit www.miramarevents.com--- KB


Last Updated (Tuesday, 09 October 2012 22:48)


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