Dozens of farmers and gardeners from California and across the West Coast harvested their heaviest and prettiest pumpkins for the 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay Oct. 14.
Spectators gathered around a large stage where pumpkins were hoisted onto the official scale for weign-in. A grand prize of $25,000 was offered for any grower that delivered a world record breaking pumpkin. Although the record was not broken this year, Gary Miller of Napa, California won the top prize for the largest pumpkin at the competition with a weight of 1,985 pounds.
Los Altos resident Suzanne Kasso's pumpkin weighed in at 488-pounds at the 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay Oct. 14. Although her pumpkin didn’t tip the scale as the largest one – the winning pumpkin weighed 1,985 pounds – her gourd snagged second place in the contest’s Most Beautiful Pumpkin category. Her husband, Chris Kasso, won third in the category with his 686-pounder.
Los Altos Hills resident Vince Zunino joined the Kassos on the pedestal with his 200-pound pumpkin, which won first place and $500 in the same category.
In a homecoming celebration Oct. 14 , students at Covington School had a chance to admire the Kassos’ pumpkins. Watch for the Town Crier’s Oct. 23 issue for a full story on the Kasso family’s pumpkin-growing prowess.
Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Local residents participate in Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier