Anoka man sets new North American record with 2,560-pound pumpkin

Travis Giegner, of Anoka, won the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival pumpkin weigh-off competition in California on Monday with his massive gourd clocking in at 2,560 pounds.

The pumpkin also set a new North American record.

Geigner was shy of the world record by 142 pounds.

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An Italian set the world record in 2021 with a pumpkin weighing 2,702 pounds, and continues to hold the record.

This is not Geigner’s first win. He also won the Half Moon Bay pumpkin weigh-off in 2020, and, like this year, also set a North American record that year.

For winning the contest, the festival will pay Geigner $9 a pound for his pumpkin. That will amount to $23,040 for his winning gourd. His pumpkin was the last weighed at the event. The second-place pumpkin tipped the scales at 2,425 pounds.