Great Pumpkin! Biggest Gourd In Half Moon Bay Contest Sets Record

Carrie Hodousek
October 15, 2019 - 8:53 am
Leonardo Urena celebrates winning $15,000 and a stay in a Ritz Carlton after winning the heaviest pumpkin contest in Half Moon Bay on Oct. 14, 2019 with a specimen weighing 2,175 pounds.

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HALF MOON BAY— The winner of the 2019 World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay is from the Bay Area and presented a specimen weighing 2,175 pounds. 

It's the heaviest pumpkin grown in California, officials said. 

Leonardo Urena of Napa won $15,000 and a stay in the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay for the orange behemoth. 

"This is one of the best things ever to happen," said Urena, after being crowned for the prize-winning pumpkin on Monday. "It's fantastic." 

Urena previously enjoyed the sweet, pumpkin-y taste of success in Half Moon Bay. In 2011, he took the championship in the same category with a 1,700-pound squash. 

The keys to success begin with seed selection and soil preparation, Urena said.