Record-breaking pumpkin weighs more than a car!
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A gourd weighing 2,058 pounds set a tournament record at an annual pumpkin contest in Northern California.
John Hawkley, 56, grew the winning pumpkin. He entered it at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in Napa Valley.
Hawkley's pumpkin "squashed" his competition. It beat the second-place gourd by more than 300 pounds.
Hawkley is a production manager for a newspaper. He credited his success at least in part to warm weather. He ended up with a total of six pumpkins on a 4,500-square-foot patch of land in his front yard. One of the other pumpkins also weighed more than 2,000 pounds.
"My wife said this is as much pumpkin patch area as I'm going to get," he said.
Hawkley also said he will use the $13,000 in prize money to repair his home. It was damaged during an earthquake in August.
All 30 pumpkins weighed at this year's tournament were from California. That was according to tournament spokesman Tim Beeman. The contest is held in in Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco. Normally it gets growers from Oregon and Washington as well.
Last year's winning pumpkin was also from the Napa Valley. It came in at 1,985 pounds.