When you can't get the pickup into the patch, pumpkins have to be moved the old-fashioned way: with lots of muscle power. This grower planted his pumpkin patch on the side of a hill, requiring the harvesting tream to wrestle it up a steep incline.
Ron Wallace tests the "thunakability" of this giant to see if it is a "cork" or a "bomb." More art than science, some growers have an ear for thumping, and some don't. A hollow sound is bad, while a solid thump indicates density and, hopefully, a higher weight.
Pumpkins are unloaded and ready for the weighoff at Frerich's Farm.
The smaller pumpkins go first, and are light enough to be carried by designated "pumpkin lifters."
Dan Langevin announces the final three at the Frerich's Farm weighoff.
A giant pumpkin carver at Frerich's Farm.
A harness and pulley system is used to ready the bigger pumpkins for the scale.
The final three at the weigh-off at Half Moon Bay, California.