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A 1,535-pound pumpkin has the starring role in this weekend’s Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
Ron Root has an all-consuming passion for pumpkins. Monster pumpkins, that is. Could anyone possibly have a better name to match their hobby? Root, 50, has been growing giants for only four years but his 1,535-pound Atlantic Giant squashed a formidable field of 60 heavyweight contenders from Washington, Oregon, Colorado and California to win today’s 37th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, Calif. on a postcard-perfect morning in the World Pumpkin Capital.
Seed from a previous behemoth and specially-prepared soil combined with copious fertilizer, water and meticulous hand-pollination produced the champion mega-gourd grown by Root, 50, from Citrus Heights. He is the first California grower to win the Half Moon Bay weigh-off since 1999. Root pocketed $10,210 ($6 per pound plus another $1,000 special prize for the biggest pumpkin from California) plus a private screening of MEGAMIND, a 3-D animated comedy adventure coming to theaters nationwide on Nov. 5, for 200 of their friends, family and guests. It was Half Moon Bay’s deepest field ever with 14 pumpkins weighing in over 1,000 pounds.
The grand champion mega-gourd will be proudly displayed at the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, this weekend (Oct. 16-17 — Saturday and Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Results follow:
1st: Ron Root, Citrus Heights, Calif. 1,535 lbs. $9,210.
2nd: Brant Bordsen, Marysville, Calif. 1,476 lbs. $2,000.
3rd: Leonardo Urena, Napa, Calif. 1,401 lbs. $1,500.
4th: Steve Daletas, Pleasant Hill. Ore. 1,394 lbs. $1,000.
5th: Barry Todd. Littleton, Colo. 1,308 lbs. $ 500.
6th: Russ Pingrey, Santa Rosa, Calif. 1,286 lbs. $ 500.
7th: Russ Pugh, Santa Rosa, Calif. 1,260 lbs. $ 500.
8th: Gary Miller, Napa, Calif. 1,242 lbs. $ 500.
9th: Vince Zunino, Los Altos, Calif. 1,212 lbs. $ 500.
10th: Jim Sherwood, Mulino, Ore. 1,164 lbs. $ 500.
Biggest from State of California: Ron Root, Citrus Heights, Calif. 1,535 lbs. $1,000.
Biggest From the Coastside: John Muller, Half Moon Bay, Calif. 461 lbs. $ 500.
Most Beautiful Pumpkin: Olivia Zunino, Los Altos, Calif. $ 500