Huge pumpkins are no trick


Gary Miller, right, of Napa, California, celebrates after winning the 40th Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 14 in Half Moon Bay, California. Miller's pumpkin weighed 1,985 pounds. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
October 18, 2013

You probably already have a pumpkin on your doorstep, and it might be a big one. But chances are it’s smaller than Gary Miller’s.

Miller grew a pumpkin so big that it took top honors at the 40th annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off last week in Half Moon Bay, California. The 1,985-pound pale­ orange pumpkin was the heaviest in contest history. Miller, who has been growing pumpkins for years in Napa, California, took home a $11,910 prize. (That’s $6 for each pound.)

The winning pumpkin was huge, but it won’t set a world record. Ron Wallace of Greene, Rhode Island, set the Guinness World Record last year, when he brought his 2,009-pounder to a pumpkin weigh-off in Topsfield, Massachusetts.

Enjoy this collection of giant-pumpkin photos, and be glad your pumpkin doesn’t measure up. If it did, it might take you till next Halloween to carve it!

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