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Half Moon Bay
Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off,
Art & Pumpkin Festival

Mark your calendars, it's time again for the Half Moon Bay Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off and the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.

Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off, October 8, 2007

Festivities kick off with the West Coast's most prestigious gathering of titanic pumpkins and their fanatical growers in the 34th Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, Monday, October 8th, 7:30 AM at the I.D.E.S. Grounds on Main Street in Half Moon Bay.

Joel Holland will be defending his three year winning streak against competitors from California, Oregon, and Washington who will all be trying to capture their share of $20,000 in prize money. This year, the prize for the largest pumpkin has been raised from $5 to $6 per pound. With the largest pumpkins weighing in at well over 1,000 lbs for the last 6 years, and over 1,200 lbs for the past 3 years, this is a considerable increase. 

The monster pumpkins will be forklifted onto a meticulously calibrated 5-ton capacity digital scale. Representatives from the San Mateo County Agricultural Commissionerís Office of Weights, Sealers, and Measures will officiate the weighing.

The public will vote for the Most Beautiful Pumpkin, which in turn will receive a special $500 prize.

The winning pumpkin will ride a float in the Great Pumpkin Parade and will be on display along with four runner-ups at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 13-14, 2007.

Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 13-14, 2007

Half Moon Bay, the self proclaimed, Pumpkin Capital of the World, will host the 37th annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival October 13-14, 2007, 9 am-5 pm, on Main Street in Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Bay celebrates the fall and harvest season with a display of heavy-weight champion pumpkins, a Great Pumpkin Parade, three stages of entertainment and live music, and craft booths that line Main Street. In addition, you'll find a haunted house, good eats and drinks, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and more. Don't forget to try your hand in the pie-eating, pumpkin carving or costume contests! Admission is free.

For more information about the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off or the Art & Pumpkin Festival visit their websites or call the info-line at 650-726-9652.


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