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Half Moon Bay's 50th annual pumpkin weigh-off sees a new record

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A Minnesota farmer set a new world record in 2023 at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon on Oct. 11th.

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The 50th annual competition which sees participants from around the country each year was more special because of the record.

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Travis Gienger also won three of the last competitions and set a new North American record with his 2,560-pound pumpkin in 2022.

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This year, he drove his ginormous 7.5-foot-wide gourd (nicknamed Michael Jordan) weighing 2,749 pounds from his farm in Anoka.

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The pumpkin was placed on a 5-ton capacity, industrial-strength digital scale using forklifts and special harnesses.

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Landscape and horticulture teacher, Geinger has been a pumpkin farmer for close to 30 years and won a $30,000 prize for the world record this year.

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Gienger tended to his backyard pumpkin patch with extra care this year, watering the plants up to 12 times a day and increasing fertilization.

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Visitors to the Art and Pumpkin Festival can take photos with Gienger and his gigantic pumpkin, along with the three runners-up, through next weekend.

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