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2,191-Pound Washington State Gourd Wins Pumpkin Weigh-Off

HALF MOON BAY, Calif.—The 48th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off took place in Half Moon Bay on Oct. 11. The winner of this year’s championship was Jeff Uhlmeyer from Olympia, Washington. His pumpkin weighed 2,191 pounds. “It’s the granddaddy of competitions, in my opinion, in Half Moon Bay,” Uhlmeyer told NTD Television. “And I just enjoy coming here. … The crowd’s amazing. Just a really supportive crowd. And the growers are really gracious and friendly. We all support each other. Everybody wants to win, of course, but everybody’s happy for the champion.” He has been growing pumpkins since 2009. It’s his first time winning in Half Moon Bay. Last year, due to the pandemic, the event was not open to the public. This year, spectators were welcomed. “I was here in 2017 and took third with a 1,927-pound pumpkin. So this is quite a jump from previous years,” Uhlmeyer said. …

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