The excitement builds in October every year as Superstar Gourd Growing Greats and their astounding, mind-boggling Volkswagen-sized orange orbs gather for the 50th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California. A special $30,000 bonus mega-prize will be awarded to any grower that breaks the world record at Half Moon Bay — considered the “Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs”. The current world record heavyweight champion pumpkin is 2,702.8 pounds held by Stefano Cutrupi of Italy set in late September 2021. A host of accomplished, grizzled veteran growers are expected to contend for the coveted title, the $30,000 world record prize and thousands in additional prize money. In a pay-by-the-pound system, the winner will take home a hefty $9 per pound for the champion mega-pumpkin.