50th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off 2023
- Dates: October 9, 2023
- Location: IDES Hall grounds on Main Street
Address:735 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
- Phone: (650) 999-2428
- Time: 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- Price: Free
The excitement is building in Pumpkintown as the World’s Greatest Gourd Growers and their goliath, mind-bending, rhinoceros-sized orange orbs hope to squash the world record on Monday, October 10 at the 50th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off –– the “Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs” –– in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California.
Using a pay-by-the-pound system, the world’s biggest top prize of $9/pound will be awarded to the 2023 weigh-off champion thanks to title sponsor, Safeway. Also at stake are thousands of dollars in super hefty prize money doled out to the top 20 plus the big carrot: a $30,000 total mega-prize for a new world record pumpkin entered at Half Moon Bay (the current world record is 2,703 pounds set at a 2021 weigh-off in Italy).
Defending champion Travis Gienger's leviathan 2,560-pound mega-gourd set a new North American record and handily won the 2022 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay. A host of accomplished veteran growers are expected to contend for the coveted title.
The grand champion gourd (along with the top four overall) will be on display at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 14-15, 2023. There will also be a special weigh-off champion pumpkin photo booth.
Photo courtesy of Miramar Events.