Friday, October 7, 2005

Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contestants Win Their Prizes Fair And Square

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s hard to believe someone could grow a 1,200-pound pumpkin without any – ahem – enhancers.

But pumpkin expert Tim Beeman is squashing that theory. He insists all the giant gourds entered in the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off are 100 percent natural.

Beeman jokes, “It’s not baseball. We’re steroid free!”

This Monday (Oct. 10) marks the 32nd annual Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California, and Beeman expects farmers to pull out the big guns – or big gourds – this year to see if they can beat last year’s record pumpkin weight of 1,229 pounds for a prize of $5 a pound.

Though the pumpkin kitty is large, Beeman doesn’t expect anyone will try to cheat by discreetly inserting weights inside their pumpkin, saying, “We’d be able to tell. That would be very, very hard to hide.”

He insists the farmers want to win fair and square because they’re crazy about the art of pumpkin growing. He adds, “It’s pumpkin madness around here.”

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