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2011 Half Moon Bay
World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Rules

  1. Pumpkins must be grown, cared for, and entered by the weigh-off contestant.
  2. Each contestant is limited to one entry.
  3. Pumpkins that have won prizes in any other weigh-off competitions are not eligible.
  4. Specimens must be in healthy and undamaged condition, free of rot, holes, and cracks through the cavity, chemical residue, and soft spots.
  5. To be classified as a pumpkin, specimen must be 75% yellow/orange in color; all others will be classified as squash.
  6. The vine must be trimmed to one inch from the stem. No foreign material is permitted in the weighing.
  7. All specimens will be weighed without the use of tarps or other carrying devices.
  8. Pumpkins will be classified by division based on where the specimen is grown, not the residence of the grower.
  9. In the event of a tie, prize money will be distributed equally among the tied parties.
  10. Decisions of the judges are final in all cases.
  11. The five heaviest pumpkins will remain in Half Moon Bay to be part of a special display at the 40th annual Pumpkin Festival on October 15-16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  12. To receive the special $5,000 mega-prize, the grower must break and hold the world record at the conclusion of the Half Moon Bay weigh-off. So, if two growers were to break the world record, the grower holding the world record at the end of the weigh-off would take home the $5,000 mega-prize.

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