New Record for Largest Pumpkin Weighs in at 2,363 pounds

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Largest Pumpkin

On the morning of October 9th, 2017 Joel Holland of Sumner, Washington took the first-place prize in the 44th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California.

For close to three hours, the crowd watched as pumpkin after pumpkin was lifted by forklift and placed on the scale. They watched with anticipation, waiting for the heaviest one to reveal itself. When the last one of the day, Holland’s giant fruit, was placed on the scale, anticipation filled the crowd. When the numbers flashed on the screen, the crowd boomed. The 2,363-pound pumpkin is the heaviest in the history of the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

Holland and his wife Mari Lou arrived at the competition with his giant fruit on the back of his pick-up truck. This record breaking fruit gave Holland his 7th win at the weigh-off. He walked away with $7 per pound prize money, which totaled $16,541 in winnings.  

Runner-up Cindy Tobek, of Olympia, Washington, came in 361 pounds short with her 2,002-pound pumpkin. But she was still beaming with pride, as she beat her 2016 winning fruit that weighed in at 1,910 pounds.

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The Orange County Register

This pumpkin is heavy; now, so is the grower's wallet!
Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Senior Marketing Manager at AgHires, with over 13 years of marketing experience, over 9 of which she has spent in the agriculture marketing industry. Growing up in a small farming town, Karyn has a deep appreciation for the importance of agriculture and its role in our communities. Since joining AgHires in 2017, Karyn has used her wealth of experience and knowledge to help job seekers and clients achieve their goals. She has a passion for learning and discovering new ways to support the industry.