Joel Holland celebrates after winning the 44th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California. (Mark Rightmire/AP)

It didn't set a world record, but the winner of the 44th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California, was the heaviest pumpkin in the history of the competition.

A forklift hoisted the giant pumpkin onto a scale last week in downtown Half Moon Bay, near San Francisco. It registered 2,363 pounds, making it the seventh win for grower Joel Holland of Sumner, Washington.

Cindy Tobeck won the contest last year with a pumpkin weighing 1,910 pounds. Tobeck brought a beefier entry this year, but its 2,002 pounds fell short of Holland's pumpkin.

Holland took home $16,541, or $7 per pound, for his gigantic gourd. But the coveted title of world-record holder eluded him. That honor goes to Mathias Willemijns of Belgium, whose 2016 European champion weighed a whopping 2,624 pounds.

— Staff reports and news services


Second-place winner Cindy Tobeck waves from atop her 2,002-pound pumpkin. She won first place in last year’s contest. (Mark Rightmire,/AP)