Man Wins Contest With 1,528-pound Pumpkin

Oregon man wins Half Moon Bay pumpkin contest with gourd weighing 1,528 pounds.

Thad Starr from Pleasant Hill, Ore. celebrates after winning the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Weigh-off with a contest record of 1,524 pounds in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Monday, Oct. 8, 2007. Starr wins six dollars for each pound, which equals $9,144. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(AP) Thad Starr's giant pumpkin really began putting on weight in August _ a lot of weight.

The pumpkin gained about 30 pounds a day on its way to victory Monday at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in Half Moon Bay.

Starr's pumpkin finished at a record 1,528 pounds. Starr won last year with a pumpkin that that was four pounds lighter and also set a record.

Starr, of Pleasant Hill, Ore., bought a trailer to transport the pumpkin. It has a circumference of 15 feet.

He says his secret to growing big pumpkins is good soil: "We really pamper them."

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