Wash. state grower sets new U.S. record with 2,363-pound pumpkin

Grower Joel Holland of Sumner celebrates his first-place win. (Photo courtesy of the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival)

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. - Washington state growers dominated this year's traditional pumpkin weigh-off contest at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival in California, capturing the three top spots with their mega-sized pumpkins.

"Superstar" grower Joel Holland of Sumner won first place with a mammoth 2,363-pound giant, ths second-heaviest pumpkin ever grown and a new American record, according to festival organizers.

Holland, who is a seven-time champion at the annual festival, won a $16,541 prize for his champion pumpkin, which works out to $7 per pound.

Coming in second with a 2,002-pound beast was Cindy Tobeck of Olympia. Tobeck, who was last year's champion grower, won a $2,000 prize.

Jeff Uhlmeyer of Tumwater was third with a 1,927-pounder. He received $1,500.

All three Washington state pumpkins will be on display at the 44th annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on October 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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