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Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-Off Kicks Off Festival's Return in Its 50th Year

After a two-year absence, the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival is making a smashing return, and it all starts Monday with the annual, world-renowned weigh-off.

As the festival celebrates its 50th year, someone could kick off the event Monday with a hefty $30,000 prize if they break the world record in the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

The current world record stands at 2,703 pounds, set in September 2021 by a grower from Italy, according to the festival website.

In all, the top 20 heaviest pumpkins receive prizes, including $1,000 bonuses for the biggest California pumpkin, the biggest Coastside pumpkin and the most beautiful pumpkin.

The festival itself, which took a two-year hiatus because of the COVID pandemic, takes place Saturday and Sunday along Main Street in Half Moon Bay.

The festival features local homestyle food and drinks, live music, arts and crafts, pumpkin carving and a costume contest. Admission is free. Check out a list of events on the festival website.

Source: NBC Bay Area

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