Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween 2008: A 'Great Pumpkin' You Likley Won't Find in the Supermarket Produce Department This Halloween; Or Ever

Every October for the last 35 years, San Francisco Bay Area-based Safeway Stores, Inc. sponsors the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-Off competition in that coastal city in the Bay Area.

Safeway, which operates over 600 supermarkets in California, Nevada and Arizona (and nearly another 1,200 more throughout the U.S. and Canada), awards the first-place winner of the Pumpkin-growing competition grand prize money of $6 per pound for the winning mega-gourd. The grocery chain also awards prize money to the top finalists.

That can be lots of money since the winners are really giant pumpkins.

The food and grocery industry Blog Natural~Specialty Foods Memo has a piece today -- Halloween 2008 -- about the 2008 Safeway-sponsored Half Moon Bay, California Pumpkin Weigh-in competition and it's winners (including the grand prize winner), which you can read by clicking the link here.

The winner and his giant pumpkin is pictured at the top of this post. But you have to read the story at the link in order to find out his name, how big of a winning pumpkin he produced, and how much in grand-prize money he won.

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