FROM ‘SPECIAL SEED’
TO 984KG WINNING PUMPKIN
One special seed and months of care by an Oregon commercial pilot produced a massive pumpkin that tipped the scales at a global weigh-in last week in Northern California, the fourth time his gargantuan plants were awarded top honours.
Steve Daletas of Pleasant Hill, Oregon, also credited lots of sunny days since he planted eight seeds on April 15 hoping to win the 45th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in
Half Moon Bay, south of
San Francisco. His winner came in at 984kg. “This all started with one special seed and a whole lot of work,” said Daletas, who raises giant pumpkins as a hobby. “We were really blessed it was sunny almost every day.” Daletas, 58, needed a backhoe to place his massive pumpkin on a pickup truck for the drive to California. He said he strapped it down and drove “below the speed limit” for 12 hours to get to the contest.