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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.

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