Monday, September 12, 2011

Pumpkin Season Half Moon Bay

39th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin
 Weigh-Off October 10, 7 - 11 a.m.Pumpkin growers from California, Oregon and Washington descend upon Half Moon Bay with their colossal pumpkins to vie for the coveted title of heaviest pumpkin. Last year Ron Root’s hefty 1,535-pound Atlantic Giant crushed the formidable field of sixty heavyweight growers under the worldwide media spotlight, taking home the coveted title and $10,210 in prize money ($6 per pound plus another $1,000 special prize for the biggest pumpkin from California). This year, he’ll compete to defend his title. In a pay-by-the-pound system, the winners receive $6 per pound for the champion pumpkin. A special $500 prize will be awarded to the "most beautiful pumpkin" as judged by the audience based on color, shape and size. IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street.

 41st Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival October 15 & 16, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest with a fantastic lineup of rustic pumpkin patches, harvest-inspired crafts, home-style foods, expert pumpkin carvers, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling haunted house, a titanic weigh-off of champion pumpkins, a pie-eating contest, pumpkin carving, costume contests, a pancake breakfast, a five & 10K run/walk and three stages of blockbuster entertainment. New this year is the iPumpkin, the official mobile application of the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. iphone and ipad users can download the application for free. Admission to the festival is free. Main Street.

Pumpkin Run October 16, 8 a.m. Join in the fun with the Pumpkin run! Run or walk a 5k course or take on a 10k. Kids can even get in on the action with “Kid’s Fun Run.” Each runner will receive a t-shirt, pumpkins and breakfast. The run starts and ends at Hatch Elementary School, 490 Miramontes Road. Registration for adults is $25 until October 13th at which point it goes up to $30. Kids under 12 and seniors over 65 are $15.