California contest dubs 1,969-pound pumpkin the plumpest

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Judges inspect a giant pumpkin during the 42nd annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contest in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California on October 12, 2015. The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off is offering a special $30,000 mega-prize for the world record breaking pumpkin at the prestigious Half Moon Bay event. To receive the $30,000 mega-prize, the grower must break and hold the world record at the conclusion of the Half Moon Bay weigh-off. The current world record pumpkin is 2,323 pounds (1053.6 KG) set on October 12, 2014 by Swiss grower Beni Meier at a weigh-off in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The champion pumpkin, along with the top five pumpkins overall, will be displayed at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on October 17-18. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Brad Porter, top, measures a giant pumpkin at the Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Giant pumpkins are fork lifted above the crowd before being weighed at the Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Evelyn Buhagir, 16 months, of Pacifica, Calif. poses for a picture next to giant pumpkins at the Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Steve Daletas, center, of Pleasant Hill, Ore. poses for photos with his his pumpkin, which weighed in at 1969 pounds to win the Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A giant pumpkin is fork lifted to the weigh-in area at the Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Ruben Frias, at right, of Napa, Calif. gets his pumpkin lifted for a weigh-in with the help of Brad Porter, bottom left, and Joe Borges at the Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Frias' pumpkin weighed in at 975 pounds. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Jack La Rue, left, of Tenino, Wash. and Jim Sherwood of Mulino, Ore., arrive with their giant pumpkins to participate in the Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Giant pumpkins sit on pick up trucks beds waiting to be weighed at the Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Punky, a female long haired chihuahua, is held by her owner Terri Hall at the weigh-ins at the Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A square pumpkin is seen at the 42nd annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contest in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California on October 12, 2015. The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off is offering a special $30,000 mega-prize for the world record breaking pumpkin at the prestigious Half Moon Bay event. To receive the $30,000 mega-prize, the grower must break and hold the world record at the conclusion of the Half Moon Bay weigh-off. The current world record pumpkin is 2,323 pounds (1053.6 KG) set on October 12, 2014 by Swiss grower Beni Meier at a weigh-off in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The champion pumpkin, along with the top five pumpkins overall, will be displayed at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on October 17-18. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Pumpkin stems are placed in water filled containers the 42nd annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contest in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California on October 12, 2015. The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off is offering a special $30,000 mega-prize for the world record breaking pumpkin at the prestigious Half Moon Bay event. To receive the $30,000 mega-prize, the grower must break and hold the world record at the conclusion of the Half Moon Bay weigh-off. The current world record pumpkin is 2,323 pounds (1053.6 KG) set on October 12, 2014 by Swiss grower Beni Meier at a weigh-off in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The champion pumpkin, along with the top five pumpkins overall, will be displayed at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on October 17-18. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
John Hawkley, 2014 champion, waits near his pumpkin during the 42nd annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contest in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California on October 12, 2015. The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off is offering a special $30,000 mega-prize for the world record breaking pumpkin at the prestigious Half Moon Bay event. To receive the $30,000 mega-prize, the grower must break and hold the world record at the conclusion of the Half Moon Bay weigh-off. The current world record pumpkin is 2,323 pounds (1053.6 KG) set on October 12, 2014 by Swiss grower Beni Meier at a weigh-off in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The champion pumpkin, along with the top five pumpkins overall, will be displayed at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on October 17-18. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
A square pumpkin is displayed during the 42nd annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contest in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California on October 12, 2015. The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off is offering a special $30,000 mega-prize for the world record breaking pumpkin at the prestigious Half Moon Bay event. To receive the $30,000 mega-prize, the grower must break and hold the world record at the conclusion of the Half Moon Bay weigh-off. The current world record pumpkin is 2,323 pounds (1053.6 KG) set on October 12, 2014 by Swiss grower Beni Meier at a weigh-off in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The champion pumpkin, along with the top five pumpkins overall, will be displayed at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on October 17-18. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Peoples pass by a truck holding large pumpkins as they walk to the 42nd annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contest in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California on October 12, 2015. The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off is offering a special $30,000 mega-prize for the world record breaking pumpkin at the prestigious Half Moon Bay event. To receive the $30,000 mega-prize, the grower must break and hold the world record at the conclusion of the Half Moon Bay weigh-off. The current world record pumpkin is 2,323 pounds (1053.6 KG) set on October 12, 2014 by Swiss grower Beni Meier at a weigh-off in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The champion pumpkin, along with the top five pumpkins overall, will be displayed at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on October 17-18. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
A pumpkin is hoisted off a truck to be weighed at the 42nd annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contest in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California on October 12, 2015. The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off is offering a special $30,000 mega-prize for the world record breaking pumpkin at the prestigious Half Moon Bay event. To receive the $30,000 mega-prize, the grower must break and hold the world record at the conclusion of the Half Moon Bay weigh-off. The current world record pumpkin is 2,323 pounds (1053.6 KG) set on October 12, 2014 by Swiss grower Beni Meier at a weigh-off in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The champion pumpkin, along with the top five pumpkins overall, will be displayed at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on October 17-18. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A rippled white gourd weighing in at 1,969 pounds took the title for plumpest pumpkin at an annual San Francisco Bay Area contest.

Growers gathered Monday with their massive pumpkins to try to break the world record of 2,323 pounds, set by a Swiss grower during a competition in Germany last year.

It didn't happen.

But the winning entry at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off was no small feat. Steve Daletas of Pleasant Hill, Oregon, won $12,000 for his lumpy, 1,969-pound gourd.

A $500 prize was also awarded to the "most beautiful" pumpkin based on color, shape and size.

Last year, grower John Hawkley set a North American record with a 2,058-pound pumpkin. He returned to defend his title, and his pumpkin registered 1,447 pounds.


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