The winner of the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off was so heavy that the man who grew it had to use a backhoe to lift it.
Oregon commercial pilot Steve Daletas won the annual contest in Half Moon Bay, California, on Oct. 8 with a monster pumpkin that weighed 984 kg.
“This all started with one special seed and a whole lot of work,” said Daletas, who raises giant pumpkins as a hobby. “We were really blessed it was sunny almost every day.”
It was the second-heaviest pumpkin ever weighed at the 44-year-old California event, but it was still far from a U.S. record. That was set just last month when a grower in New Hampshire produced a pumpkin weighing more than 1,130 kg.
Daletas, 58, needed a backhoe to place his massive pumpkin on a pickup truck for the drive to California. He said he strapped the pumpkin down and drove “below the speed limit” for 12 hours to get to the contest. (AP)