HALF MOON BAY, CALIF. - A third-grade teacher from Washington is the new winner of a big pumpkin-weighing contest.
Cindy Tobeck, from Little Rock, raised a giant pumpkin weighing 1,910 pounds. She nicknamed the gourd, "Orange Crush."
She said her pumpkin grew steadily since she planted it in April, spending much of that time in a greenhouse with heated soil.
"I'm going to crush it," Tobeck told KNTV. "I just did everything right this year. There wasn't a weed in my patch."
Tobeck said the secret to growing giant pumpkins is using the right seed. Hers came from a 2,230-pound pumpkin that won a different contest last year.
Timothy Beeman, a spokesman for the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, said Tobeck beat out more than two dozen other pumpkins from Oregon, Washington and California. The runner-up weighed 1,723 pounds. Tobeck was shy of the contest record by about 150 pounds.
She is the third woman to have won the contest since it first started in 1974.
At $6 a pound, Tobeck will receive nearly $11,500 in prize money.
The biggest pumpkin in the world is a 2,623 pound pumpkin from Ludwigsburg, Germany. It won the Giant Pumpkin European Championship on October 9.
(KNTV and Josh Lyle contributed to this report)
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