2,191-Pound Mega Gourd Takes Top Prize At The "Super Bowl" Of Pumpkin Competitions

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The winner of the 2021 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (Credit: weighoff.miramarevents.com)

For most Americans, fall is synonymous with pumpkins. Some use the fruit to make delicious soups and bread, others to carve out scary jack-o-lanterns. Then there are those that spend months nurturing massive gourds for pumpkin weigh-off contests. Though there are numerous competitions nationwide, the most impressive pumpkins usually end up at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, CA.

The 48-year-old annual competition — nicknamed the "Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs" — has always been a favorite among pumpkin growers. But it has become even more so after the supermarket chain raised the maximum winnable prize to $30,000 in 2015. To receive the "World Record Prize," competitors have to produce a "World Record Pumpkin." This year, that meant one bigger than the 2,703-pound gourd that set a new world record in Italy in late September 2021. If the competition's heaviest pumpkin weighs less, the owner receives $9 per pound.

Jeff Uhlmeyer poses next to his 2,191-lb winning pumpkin (Credit: Weighoff.miramarevents.com)

This year's event, which took place on October 13, 2021, attracted 58 hefty pumpkins. While 11 weighed over 1,000 pounds, they were no match for the 2,191-pound beauty brought in by 62-year-old Jeff Uhlmeyer. While the gourd was not big enough to earn the "World Record Prize," Uhlmeyer did go home with a respectable $19,719. The Olympia, WA, resident credits the pumpkin's impressive size to "good soil, good seed, and a lot of love."

Second-prize winner Leonardo Urena, from Napa, CA, received $3,000 for his 2,007-pounder and an additional $1000 for submitting the state's largest pumpkin. Fellow Napa resident John Hawkley took third place and received $2,500 for his 1,857-pound entry, while Portola Valley, CA, resident Eric Carlson took home $1000 for bringing in the contest's "Most Beautiful Pumpkin."

The annual weigh-off competition is usually a precursor to the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. Unfortunately, the popular event has been canceled for the second consecutive year due to the pandemic. Hopefully, the beloved 50-year-old tradition will resume in 2022.

Resources: weighoff.miramarevents.com, www.smdailyjournal.com

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145 Comments
  • bondahlya
    bondahlyaabout 2 months
    Cool
    • ponygirl11
      ponygirl112 months
      This is awesome!🎃
      • elliepig
        elliepig2 months
        That is the bigiset pumpkin🍔
        • darklite_shadow
          OMG!
          • silverstream77
            THAT. IS ENORMOUS!!!
            • lex1
              lex12 months
              wow that would be lovely to eat. I also hope he cooks all of those seeds and gives it to homeless people who are hungry.
              • salydoja-163667847277
                That's so COOL!!!
                • kaweemy1219
                  kaweemy12193 months
                  I want to know how many pies we can make!
                  • ri4lifers
                    ri4lifers3 months
                    that food makes me hunger....
                    • castus
                      castus3 months
                      yum