An Oregon man is a one-man pumpkin-growing dynasty.
Steve Daletas, of Pleasant Hill, Oregon, became a four-time winner of the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Monday in California.
“We spend twelve months on this so this is kind of the culmination of many, many months worth of work… Thousands of people will get pictures with it which is really kind of why we do this in the first place, to put smiles on people’s faces,” Daletas said.
The annual event attracts the biggest pumpkins from up and down the West Coast.
After a forklift placed his giant gourd into place, the scale indicated the winning weight of 2,170 pounds.
With $7-per-pound going to the winner, Daletas’ pumpkin earned him $15,000.
Last year the record for the heaviest pumpkin in the world was set at a competition in Europe with a pumpkin that came in at just over 2,600 pounds.