Bring your kids along and join in the fun at Half Moon Bay’s “Super Bowl of Pumpkin Weigh-Offs.” The annual event takes place on Columbus Day (Monday, October 8, 2012 from 7am-11am), at the I.D.E.S. Grounds on Main Street in downtown Half Moon Bay.
Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
October 8, 2012
Pumpkin growers – and their trucks filled with giant pumpkins and oversized gourds – usually start lining the streets behind the I.D.E.S. Grounds by 7:30am. It’s a fun place to hang out and pumpkin-watch while the giant pumpkins are loaded onto forklifts, prior to being weighed in.
The winner of the very first Half Moon Bay Championship Weigh-Off in 1974 was a 132-pound pumpkin. In 1991, the Champion Pumpkin weighed in at a mere 602 pounds.
By 2010, over 13 Giant Pumpkins tipped the scales at over 1,000 pounds!
In 2011, two NEW California State Records were broken – Half Moon Bay had the 2nd and 3rd biggest pumpkins in the world! The top prize-winning pumpkin weighed in at an impressive 1,704 pounds – 169 lbs more than the previous year’s giant pumpkin.
Enjoy live entertainment during the event – rain or shine. We’ve been coming to this fun event for years now and it’s usually beautiful and sunny, but last year’s weather was the worst we’ve seen. However, the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the circus act or the crowds – everyone had a blast 🙂
Official Half Moon Bay Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off festival gear is available at the event.
Have you ever been to the Pumpkin Weigh-Off?
Update: List of Winners from the 2012 Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Contest