(Half Moon Bay, CA) — A horticulture teacher from Minnesota is the new U.S. record holder for heaviest pumpkin. Travis Gienger of Anoka drove the gourd 35 hours to yesterday’s 49th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California, south of San Francisco. He took over the U.S. record with a gargantuan pumpkin weighing 25-hundred-60 pounds. Gienger said it was “like winning the Tour de France on a big wheel” in that it’s very difficult in Minnesota to raise such a large gourd. An Italian grower holds the world record, with a squash weighing 27-hundred-two pounds in 2021.