Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park Competition


Come see these heavyweight champion pumpkins stress the scales at Uesugi Farms 28th annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off. A slew of proud contenders from throughout the west coast will compete for over $25,000 in prize money. In a pay-by-the-pound system, the winner will receive $7 per pound for the champion pumpkin.

The massive pumpkins will be lifted with a forklift onto our giant electronic scale with a custom-built harness, under the watchful eye of officials from the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth International Competition organization.



Saturday, October 13, 2018
9:00 to 11:00 am — Check In
(deliveries after 11 am will not be eligible)
1:00 pm — Weighing
Awards immediately following


The grand champion pumpkin and other select pumpkins will be on display and available for photo opportunities through the month of October.



2017 Winners

1st Place – Russ Pingery – 2,000lbs – Santa Rosa, CA.
2nd Place – Leonardo Urena – 1,911lbs – Napa, CA.
3rd Place – Gary Miller – 1,752lbs – Napa, CA.



The winning pumpkins will be on display all month long. 

2018 Weigh-Off Prize Money

  • 1st Place: $7.00 per pound
  • 2nd Place: $2250
  • 3rd Place: $1800
  • 4th Place: $1350
  • 5th Place: $675
  • 6th Place: $450
  • 7th Place: $225
  • 8th Place: $225
  • 9th Place: $125
  • 10th Place: $125
  • CA Record: $1,000
  • Biggest Local (Santa Clara County): $500
  • Best-Looking: $250


The winner will receive $7.00 per pound upon completion of our weigh-off.
If the winner breaks the world record – and holds it for the remainder of the 2013 season – he or she will receive an additional prize to bring their total winnings to $30,000 on November 1st. Example: a 2,000-pound pumpkin would receive $14,000 at the completion of our competition (2,000 pounds x $7 per pound = $14,000) plus an additional $16,000 on November 1st for a total of $30,000.


  • CA Record: $1,500.00
  • Biggest Local (Santa Clara County): $500.00
  • Best-Looking : $500.00

Pumpkin Buy Back Information

The 1st place winner becomes the property of Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch
2nd-20th place pumpkins are eligible for our Buy Back program, if chosen, at the following prices:

  • 1,000 lbs. + = $1 per lb.
  • 500-999 lbs. = $0.50 per lb.
  • 0-499 lbs. = $0.35 per lb.

Only 2 pumpkins will be selected.

Agricultural Scholarship Fund

In addition to the prize money presented to the winners, Uesugi Farms will donate
the following amounts to the Michael Aiello Memorial Agricultural Scholarship Fund in Morgan Hill, CA.

  • $1 per pound for 1st place winner
  • $.50 per pound for 2nd. Place winner
  • $.25 per pound for 3rd place winner

In memory of Michael Aiello 1979-2007

Delivery of Entries

Growers are responsible for bringing their pumpkins to the Weigh-Off site, Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch, between 9:00 and 11:00 am on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Deliveries after 11am will not be eligable to enter. Weigh-Off staff will handle all entries with care and transport pumpkins to the scales with a forklift and a specially-designed pumpkin strap that will not damage the fruit.

Become an Official Weigh-Off Sponsor

For out of town growers, we recommend the following Hotels:
Ramada Inn (408) 779-7666 or Economy Inn (408) 779-5390

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