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Oregon Man Wins Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Contest

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A young boy looks at giant pumpkins in the back of a pickup truck before the start of the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California.  (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A young boy looks at giant pumpkins in the back of a pickup truck before the start of the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 11, 2010 in Half Moon Bay, California. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A grower from Oregon is the winner of this year’s Half Moon Bay giant pumpkin contest with a gourd weighing in at 1,775 pounds.

Forty-five-year-old Thad Starr from Pleasant Hill, Ore. set a new contest record on Monday, beating last year’s winner by 71 pounds.

Starr, who has won the contest twice before, said he plans to use the $10,650 in prize money to take his family to Disneyland.

His pumpkin will be on display this weekend at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.

The runner-up came in at 1,521 pounds. That pumpkin is also expected to be on display this weekend.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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