2,175-pound pumpkin sets California record

A Northern California pumpkin hobbyist has won first place at the 46th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh Off, setting a record for the largest in California.

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Leonardo Urena of Napa won $15,000 Monday when his pumpkin logged 2,175 pounds.

A massive pumpkin grown by Leonardo Urena of Napa, Calif., is lowered on a scale with a forklift on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

A massive pumpkin grown by Leonardo Urena of Napa, Calif., is lowered on a scale with a forklift on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Weigh-off spokesman Timothy Beeman says Urena’s pumpkin is the second largest in the contest’s history. A pumpkin from Washington state weighed nearly 2,400 pounds and won in Half Moon Bay in 2017.

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The 51-year-old says he took up the hobby in 2000 and says he enjoys the pumpkin growing community. He also won the Half Moon Bay contest in 2011.

Weigh-off spokesman Timothy Beeman says Urena’s pumpkin is the second largest in the contest’s history.

Weigh-off spokesman Timothy Beeman says Urena’s pumpkin is the second largest in the contest’s history. (P Photo/Ben Margot)

Urena says he always tells his pumpkins he’s proud of them and he encourages them to keep growing.

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