The Drought Takes a Toll on This Year’s Giant Pumpkins

published Oct 19, 2015
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One of the best fall events near San Francisco is the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, and I finally braved the crowds and went a few years ago. The main draw? The annual contest to see who can grow the largest pumpkin.

Last year’s winning pumpkin was forklifted in and weighed a whopping 2,058 pounds. This year’s winner was a mere 1,969 pounds, but came from Oregon.

Unfortunately, the California submissions were much smaller this year due to the drought. The weather has affected the pumpkins in this 45-year-old contest, resulting in farmers sighing over losing out on the big prize of $6 per pound of pumpkin.