Record-breaking pumpkin weighs more than a car! John Hawkley poses on stage with his pumpkin at the 41st Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California (AP photos)
Record-breaking pumpkin weighs more than a car!
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A gourd weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a tournament record at an annual pumpkin contest in Northern California.

John Hawkley, 56, grew the winning pumpkin and entered it at this year's Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in California's Napa Valley.

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 also said he will use the $13,000 in prize money to make repairs on his home. It was damaged during an earthquake in August.

All 30 pumpkins weighed at this year's tournament were from California, according to tournament 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 winner was also from the Napa Valley. That pumpkin 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?)

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COMMENTS (268)
  • blakeriley45
    10/18/2014 - 09:14 p.m.

    That would make one of the best and biggest pumpkin pies ever made in the U S OF A. There is enough for everyone from California to Maine and all over the U.S.

  • Matthew11101110
    10/18/2014 - 09:44 p.m.

    This is really neat. One question I have is how did they move it? Did the get a semi truck to move it? Or did they use a crane? One thing I know for sure, is I would not want to carve that pumpkin.

  • LucasK-Wil
    10/19/2014 - 12:15 p.m.

    What did he put in the the soil a 2058 pounds wheigh more than a car.a national champion ship world record.a total of 30 pumpkins one wheing more than 2000 pounds as well.

  • anad-Koc
    10/19/2014 - 12:21 p.m.

    Growing a pimpkin to weight more than car is extremely awesome. I would do the same thing as Hawkley, repair my house. For me to grow a pimpkin to weight at least 1,985 pounds will probably take years.

  • MyahH-Wil
    10/19/2014 - 06:05 p.m.

    That is really shocking because my grandpa can grow big pumpkins like 20-30 pounds but not 2,058 pounds. John Hawkley put this 2,058 pound pumpkin in a contest to see if he could win, the prize was 13,000 and the 2nd place pumpkin weighed 300 pounds less than the 2,058 pound pumpkin. I had now clue any one in the whole world could even get a pumpkin even 300 pounds but he broke the record. John Hawkley used the 13,000 dollars on his house, were he lives there was an earth quake so he is going to fix his house. Nice job John Hawkley.

  • tannerj-Bla
    10/19/2014 - 11:03 p.m.

    This article is about a pumpkin that broke a record and won the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off this year. John Hawkley's pumpkin was over 300 pounds more than the second place pumpkin. The pumpkin from California weighed over 2,000 pounds. Hawkley is going to fix his house from earthquake damage with the big prize money.

  • ElleW-3
    10/19/2014 - 11:38 p.m.

    This article is about the newest world record breaking pumpkin. The contest was help in Napa Valley, California and the pumpkin weighed 2,058 pounds. The owner of the pumpkin won $30.000 and used it to fix up his house that got ruined in an earthquake. I like this article because it shows that someone can spend years working on something to help something they love.

  • AJ_Slater
    10/20/2014 - 12:25 a.m.

    In an annual pumpkin contest in Northern California 56 year old John Hawkley grew the winning pumpkin. His pumpkin was a total of 2,058 pounds and he 'squashed' his competition. The runner-up was over 300 pounds less than him. I think it is absurd that people can enlarge a pumpkin to way more than a car and truly shows how far humans can influence another organism way of life.

  • rachel.12
    10/20/2014 - 08:30 a.m.

    I have never seen a pumpkin that weighed 2,058 pounds! When i was reading the sentence with the pounds in it, i really wanted to read more! I got intrested real fast, i love pumpkins i would love to read about a competition that is based on the tallest pumpkin!

  • MS2000TACOS
    10/20/2014 - 08:39 a.m.

    Safeway is a supermarket chain. Meaning it is a large grocery store that sells, well, pumpkins, as well as other items. They sponsor this item because it will help grow there company and other people will shop there.

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