Man Wins Contest With 1,528-pound Pumpkin

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)

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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