Record-breaking pumpkin weighs more than a car!
A gourd weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a tournament record at a pumpkin contest in Northern California.
John Hawkley, 56, grew the winning pumpkin and entered it at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in California's Napa Valley, an area famous for its wine grapes.
Hawkley "squashed" his competition, beating the runner-up by more than 300 pounds.
Hawkley, a production manager for a newspaper, 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 said he will use the $13,000 in prize money to make repairs on his home, which was damaged during an earthquake in the Napa area in August.
All 30 pumpkins weighed at this year's tournament were from California, according to contest spokesman Tim Beeman. The contest, held in in Half Moon Bay south of San Francisco, normally gets growers from Oregon and Washington as well.
Last year's winning pumpkin was also from the Napa Valley and came in at 1,985 pounds.
Critical thinking challenge: Safeway is a supermarket chain. Why would it sponsor this contest? (Hint: have you heard of Safeway before?)