Oregon Man Wins Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Contest

October 8, 2012 - 3:34 PM

Giant Pumpkin Contest

Thad Starr from Pleasant Hill, Ore. poses with his children Danika, center, and Derek, left, after winning the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Weigh-off contest in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. The pumpkin weighed 1,775 pounds, making it a new California record. Starr wins six dollars for each pound, which equals $10,650. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A grower from Oregon is the winner of this year's Half Moon Bay giant pumpkin contest with a gourd weighing in at 1,775 pounds.

Forty-five-year-old Thad Starr from Pleasant Hill, Ore., set a contest record with his pumpkin Monday, beating last year's winner by 71 pounds.

Starr, who has won the contest twice before, said he plans to use the $10,650 in prize money to take his family to Disneyland.

His pumpkin will be on display this weekend at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival.

The runner-up came in at 1,521 pounds. That pumpkin is also expected to be on display this weekend.