2560 lbs Pumpkin
During the fall, some individuals have a passing interest in pumpkins, but for some people, their love of pumpkins is so intense that it motivates them to participate in a particular kind of competition. The 49th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off began on Monday in Half Moon Bay, California. The winning gourd, which weighed 2,560 pounds, belongs to Minnesotan horticultural instructor Travis Gienger. Gienger won first place with a 2,350-pound pumpkin in 2020 as well. According to the organisers, the winning pumpkin broke a North American record, although it fell short of the current global record, which was achieved in 2021 by an Italian pumpkin weighing 2,703 pounds, according to Guinness World Records.
This year’s weigh-off featured around 30 pumpkin producers, and the event itself drew hundreds of spectators, according to Tim Beeman, a weigh-off representative. According to Beeman, farmers start sowing seeds in April in anticipation of the contest. Each pumpkin is meticulously weighed on a 5-ton capacity industrial-strength digital scale utilising forklifts and special harnesses on the competition day. According to Beeman, the custom has proven especially important to individuals throughout the epidemic.
People tend to gravitate toward things that make them smile under certain circumstances, Beeman continued. “People get it from pumpkins, whether it’s carving a pumpkin, eating pumpkin pie, or watching a forklift bring in a 2,500-pound pumpkin,” said the author.
Due to its local producers’ annual production of more than 3,000 tonnes of pumpkins, Half Moon Bay, which lies south of San Francisco, believes itself to be the world’s pumpkin capital.
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