IMAGE: Thad Starr and pumpkin
Paul Sakuma  /  AP
Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Ore., celebrates after winning the weigh-off Monday with a contest record of 1,524 pounds.
updated 10/9/2007 2:41:37 PM ET 2007-10-09T18:41:37

Just think of all the pumpkin pie it could make.

Thad Starr, of Pleasant Hill, Ore., set a record at the annual pumpkin weigh-off here with his 1,524-pound pumpkin. He'll get $6 a pound, bringing his winnings to $9,144.

"It's the thrill of the victory," Starr said Monday after his pumpkin came out on top. "And it's the fruition of a year's work."

About 80 contestants competed for the first-place prize, festival officials said.

Pumpkins were lowered by forklift onto a 5-ton-capacity digital scale monitored by officials from the San Mateo County Agricultural Commissioner's Office.

The top five pumpkins at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival will remain on display throughout the week.

The 2006 winner weighed 1,223 pounds. This year's contest was the 34th in the event's history.

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