The pumpkin set a new weight record for California. Contest spokesman Tim Beeman says the old state record was 1,535 pounds.
At $6 a pound, Des Moines grower Don Young will take home a $9,948 prize. He says he didn't expect to win and is very happy.
The sizable squash falls short of the world record apparently set last week at an Ohio weigh-off by one registering 1,725 pounds.
Young's winning gourd will be shown off this weekend at the Half Moon Bay pumpkin festival.