Big prize for a big gourd

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) - October 12, 2010

Ron Root wins the Half Moon Bay, California, giant pumpkin contest.

His huge gourd measures 410-and-a-half inches over the top.

The California grower wins more than 9,200 bucks for his orange thumb.

That's $6 per pound - plus another grand for producing the biggest California pumpkin.

The contest also draws growers from Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

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