Advertisement

Giant pumpkin weighing 2,175 pounds sets California record

Leonardo Urena of Napa, Calif., reacts after learning his pumpkin weighed in at 2,175 lbs., a new California weight record on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Photo: AP/ Ben Margot
Leonardo Urena of Napa, Calif., reacts after learning his pumpkin weighed in at 2,175 lbs., a new California weight record on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Updated: October 15, 2019 07:31 AM

A Northern California pumpkin hobbyist has won first place at the 46th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh Off, setting a record for the largest in California.

Leonardo Urena of Napa won $15,000 Monday when his pumpkin logged 2,175 pounds (986 kilograms).

Advertisement

Weigh-off spokesman Timothy Beeman says Urena's pumpkin is the second largest in the contest's history. A pumpkin from Washington state weighed nearly 2,400 pounds (1,088 kilograms) and won in Half Moon Bay in 2017.

Minnesota Moment: 8-Year-Old Girl Donates Money from Pumpkin Patch to Children's Minnesota

The 51-year-old says he took up the hobby in 2000 and says he enjoys the pumpkin growing community. He also won the Half Moon Bay contest in 2011.

Urena says he always tells his pumpkins he's proud of them and he encourages them to keep growing.

Connect with KSTP


Join the conversation on our social media platforms. Share your comments on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

Credits

The Associated Press

(Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Advertisement

Raising Red Flags: Minnesota police chiefs and sheriffs weigh in on gun law

Minneapolis considers studying role of police response to drug overdose calls

Cloudy sky, mild weather expected Tuesday

Man accused of labor trafficking pleads guilty

KSTP/SURVEYUSA: 44 percent of Minnesotans surveyed favor impeachment

Advertisement