890-pound pumpkin breaks record at SLO weigh-off

newsroom@thetribunenews.comOctober 18, 2013 

A record-breaking 890-pound pumpkin grown by Templeton resident Randy Pharr won the weigh-off contest at the eighth annual Central Coast Pumpkin Contest on Thursday at Mission Plaza.

Pharr’s pumpkin was the heaviest on record in San Luis Obispo County, said Steve Knudsen of the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau.

Thursday’s family event drew hundreds of people and included a giant, hollowed-out pumpkin for kids to climb in.

Fewer pumpkins were submitted this year because it was a difficult season. Pests such as gophers and rodents, plus water and fungus issues, hindered growers, according to Cara Crye, marketing coordinator for Farm Supply, which sponsors the event.

Thirty pumpkins were submitted in categories including giant, most beautiful and most unusual.

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