Great pumpkins: 2,000-pounder takes top prize

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Unloading giant pumpkins

Gary Miller of Napa, California, won the 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with a pumpkin that weighed in at 1,985 pounds. Miller took home a cash prize of $11,910, or $6.00 a pound. See gallery

The winning pumpkin in the 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off came in at a whopping 1,985 pounds. Unfortunately, that wasn't quite large enough to beat the world record of 2,009 pounds, set at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, Massachusetts in September, 2012.

The World Championship, held October 14, 2013 in Half Moon Bay, California, was offering a $25,000 "mega-prize" if a pumpkin at the contest broke the record, according to the event's website. The contest's first winning pumpkin, in 1974, only weighed 132 pounds. Giant pumpkins can gain as much as 25-30 pounds a day, on their best day, according to the website.

In this photo: Workers use a forklift to move giant pumpkins during the 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Gary Miller of Napa, California, won the contest with a gigantic pumpkin that weighed in at 1,985 pounds. Miller took home a cash prize of $11,910, or $6.00 a pound.

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Between two gourds

A contest official measures a giant pumpkin. In addition to the prize money for the top ten pumpkins, additional prizes were offered for the biggest pumpkin from California, the biggest pumpkin from the Coastside (Montara to Pescadero) and the most beautiful pumpkin, as judged by the audience.

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Family fun

Spectators check out giant pumpkins at the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

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Lifting a giant pumpkin

Workers move the winning 1,985 pound pumpkin onto a scale. The top five pumpkins will be on display at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on October 19-20, according to the event's website.

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Larger than life

These pumpkins would be tough to carve into Jack-O'- lanterns!

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Touching a monster pumpkin

A young boy touches a 1,985 pound pumpkin.

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The final measurement

Contest officials use a tape measure to gauge the size of a giant pumpkin.

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Tale of the tape

Contest officials use a tape measure to gauge the size of a giant pumpkin. Using forklifts and special harnesses, the gargantuan gourds were placed on a 5-ton capacity, industrial-strength digital scale to be weighed, according to the event's website. Officials from the San Mateo County Agricultural Commissioner's Office of Weights, Sealers, and Measures oversaw the event.

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And the winner is...

Gary Miller (R) of Napa, California celebrates after winning the 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 14, 2013 in Half Moon Bay, California.

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