An annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California has a new winner: a third-grade teacher from Littlerock who raised a giant one weighing 1,910 pounds.
Cindy Tobeck, 42, a third-grade teacher at East Olympia Elementary, said her pumpkin grew steadily after she planted it in April, spending much of that time in a greenhouse with heated soil. She said the secret to growing giant pumpkins is using the right seed.
“I am just over-the-moon elated right now,” she said. “It was just a real steady grower. It wasn’t an explosive grower. … It kept growing well into the summer when a lot of pumpkins slow down.”
Her seed came from a 2,230-pound pumpkin that won a different contest last year.
Tobeck beat out more than two dozen pumpkins from Oregon, Washington and California, said Timothy Beeman, a spokesman for the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay.
The runner-up weighed 1,723 pounds. Tobeck was shy of the contest record by about 150 pounds.
At $6 a pound, Tobeck will receive nearly $11,500 in prize money