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Pumpkin weighs in at 2,058 pounds in Half Moon Bay contest

California pumpkin growers have faced some challenges from the drought that has devastated the state.

By Aileen Graef
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Pumpkin weighs in at 2,058 pounds in Half Moon Bay contest
John Hawkley (2nd- L) celebrates next to his 2058 pound winning entry at the 41st annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-off in Half Moon Bay, California on October 13, 2014. Hawkley will get a check for $13,348, that's $6 per pound, for his pumpkin that weighed-in at 2,058 pounds and $1000 for breaking the state record. UPI/Mohammad Kheirkhah | License Photo

HALF MOON BAY, Calif., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Napa man John Hawkley broke the North American record for largest pumpkin with a 2,058-pound weigh in at the Half Moon Bay pumpkin weigh-off.

Hawkley and his wife Patty won more than $13,000, earning $6 per pound and $1,000 for having the largest pumpkin in California.

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"I don't know," said Hawkley about his growing method. "I just kept the water constant. I didn't overfeed it. I took what I got."

Russ Pugh, who had a pumpkin weigh in at 1,828 pounds, was disqualified when his gourd began leaking on the scale.

California pumpkin growers faced some challenges this year from the California drought that has devastated crops in the state.

"It really depends on where you live and what the water restrictions are," said Russ Pugh, a Santa Rosa-area grower. "We have a 30 percent voluntary reduction, so I grew seven plants instead of 10."

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