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Now THAT'S a pumpkin

Foothill freshman's 823-pound pumpkin something to see at Half Moon Bay festival

Harkening to the call of the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, Quentin Martin, a freshman at Foothill High School, planted a quarter-sized seed earlier this year then protected and nurtured the gourd as it grew -- and grew and grew.

He received the seed from his pumpkin-growing uncle in Castro Valley, who is a 10-veteran of the Pumpkin Fest, and when the plant was in its infancy Quentin placed it into specially prepared ground on property behind his home on May 23.

"I went up there one morning and it was this small little plant. Then the next morning it was overgrowing the box," he recalled. By September it was gaining 25-30 pounds a day.

Quentin protected it in a makeshift greenhouse until Saturday when he and his dad Paul used a tractor and a harness to hoist it into the back of a pickup truck to travel to Half Moon Bay at 7 a.m. Monday for the weigh-in with about 50 others.

Quentin's pumpkin tipped the scales at 823 pounds. His uncle's pumpkin, a sibling to Quentin's, weighed 868. The winning pumpkin, from Citrus Heights, was 1,535 pounds.

"I will definitely do it again next year," said Quentin. "I figured out some tricks from the guys that grew the big giants."

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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Posted by Birdman
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 15, 2010 at 8:25 pm

That's no pumpkin... it's a space station.


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Posted by Zoli Erdos
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm

He is showing it at the Farmers' Market today:
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Posted by Al
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Oh do please tell us the tricks you learned from the other growers! Just so we can have the backyard fun of growing our ow giant pumpkin in our backyard.

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Posted by mellow fellow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 18, 2010 at 9:40 am

I had a chance to talk with this young lad at the Farmer's Market on Saturday. Good kid. It was fun.


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Posted by Meghan
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm

So, if you're not lucky enough to have an uncle who grows giant pumpkins, where do you start out getting the seeds? I hear they're closely guarded by the growers... What if we wanted to grow some with our kids next year for fun? And yes, I would love to hear some of the tips Quentin learned!


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