Travis Gienger from Minnesota won the prize for breaking the record for the largest pumpkin ever grown in the U.S. at the 49th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, CA.
How much did his pumpkin (which he named Maverick) weigh? As much as a Hyundai Accent sedan at 2,560 pounds.
It broke the national record by 6 pounds. At $9 per pound, his prize was $23,040. This is the second time he's entered the weigh-off and the second time he's won. In 2020 it was his 2,350-pounder.
Travis, a horticulture teacher, spent 180 days growing the squash. He had to transport it on a 35-hour, 2,000-mile drive to Half Moon Bay.