His entry not only won the contest, but beat the old record by 99 pounds, reports CBS Station KPIX-TV in San Francisco.
Mettler's $5-a-pound winnings totaled $4,970. Mettler says he'll plow it all back into his pumpkin patch in Etonville, California.
Anyone who wants to challenge him for next year's title better get started now. Mettler, who credited his winner with "really good genetics," says it takes almost a year to grow it. In fact, he says, the challenge of raising a prizewinner is very similar to bringing up a child.