World record is broken at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-Off


Travis Gienger of Anoka, Minn., reacts after winning the Safeway 50th Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023 in Half Moon Bay, California.  Gienger won the contest with a pumpkin weighing 2,749 pounds.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Travis Gienger of Anoka, Minn., reacts after winning the Safeway 50th Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023 in Half Moon Bay, California. Gienger won the contest with a pumpkin weighing 2,749 pounds. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)Eric Risberg/Associated Press

The world’s largest pumpkin, named Michael Jordan, was grown in Anoka, Minnesota and won first place at the 50th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay on Monday.

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The 2,749-pound gourd not only earned grower Travis Geinger a $30,000 first-place prize and bragging rights for a year, but it also topped the world’s previous record-holding pumpkin by 47 pounds.

This giant squash is “named after the greatest basketball player of all time and is now the greatest pumpkin of all time,” Geinger said.

Geisinger planted Michael Jordan on April 10 and spent approximately $15,000 on pumpkin care and feeding.

They picked it up Saturday morning and then put it in a truck for the sometimes harrowing trip to California.

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“It was pretty vague,” Geinger said. “It’s a 35-hour drive. You’ve got elk coming at you, motorcyclists cutting you off, truckers, you’ve got mountains.”

Travis Geinger of Anoka, Minn., holds his two-year-old daughter, Lily, as he poses next to his pumpkin named Pumpkin. "Michael Jordan" After winning the Safeway 50th Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Monday, October 9, 2023 in Half Moon Bay, California.  Gienger won the contest with a pumpkin weighing 2,749 pounds.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Travis Geinger of Anoka, Minn., holds his two-year-old daughter Lily near his pumpkin named “Michael Jordan” after winning the Safeway 50th Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Monday, Oct. Are standing. 9, 2023. Geinger won the contest with a pumpkin weighing 2749 pounds. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)Eric Risberg/Associated Press

And while Gienger, now a three-time pumpkin champion, knew he had an impressive pumpkin, he didn’t know just how impressive until Monday, because he never weighs the product for his shows before a competition. Is.

“I don’t believe it,” he said. “This is what’s going to happen and I want people to have a real reaction.”

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Michael Jordan, who weighs slightly less than the average adult female hippopotamus, will now anchor the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival as the centerpiece of the parade on Saturday afternoon.

It will also be put on display for all to see, along with the top four heaviest pumpkins from the weigh-off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in Half Moon Bay from October 14 to 15.

“It was a great day in Half Moon Bay and it’s going to be a great week culminating in the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival,” said event organizer Tim Beeman.

As for what the new Pumpkin King plans to do with his winnings, Gienger said he plans to reinvest the money in another pumpkin growing project.

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“I can’t leave now,” he said.

However, their immediate future appears less difficult.

“We’re going to have a luncheon for growers and we’re going to celebrate,” Gienger said.

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Travis Geinger of Anoka, Minn., holds his two-year-old daughter, Lily, and poses behind his pumpkin named Pumpkin. "Michael Jordan" After winning the Safeway 50th Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Monday, October 9, 2023 in Half Moon Bay, California.  Gienger won the contest with a pumpkin weighing 2,749 pounds.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Travis Geinger of Anoka, Minn., holds his two-year-old daughter Lily and stands behind his pumpkin named “Michael Jordan” after winning the Safeway 50th Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Monday, Oct. Posed. 9, 2023. Geinger won the contest with a pumpkin weighing 2749 pounds. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)Eric Risberg/Associated Press

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