HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (October 8, 2012)--A grower from Oregon was the winner of this year's Half Moon Bay giant pumpkin contest with a pumpkin that weighed in at 1,775 pounds.
Thad Starr, 45, from Pleasant Hill, Ore., set a contest record with his pumpkin Monday, beating last year's winner by 71 pounds.
Starr, who has won the contest twice before, said he plans to use the $10,650 in prize money to take his family to Disneyland.
His pumpkin will be on display this weekend at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival.
The runner-up came in at 1,521 pounds and that pumpkin is also expected to be on display this weekend.