Half Moon Bay Weigh Off
( pictures ) -This was really a lopsided battle
- the hordes of gourds from the Great Pacific Northwest pitted against
the few surviving California giants. The pumpkin goddesses, Athena
and Aphrodite, thirsted for blood-sport but most of California's best lay
split and rotting in the fields of Napa, cut down before their prime by
Athena, the Goddess of War, looked glorious
and invincible as she stared down the northern gourds from the back of
my truck. In the end, though, when she hit the scales, she proved
to be a lightweight. Measuring 350" ott (836 est.), she weighed in
7% light at 789 pounds and placed seventh overall.
Delicate Aphrodite, the Goddess of Beauty,
proved even more ethereal than Athena. She practically floated onto
the scales. Measuring 330" ott (710 est.), she weighed in 20% light
at 567 pounds.
The final charge by the goddesses near
the bay of the half moon turned into the charge of the light brigade. The
waterlogged northern gourds took the day, led by Mombert's orange
low-rider (940#) and Holland's white leaden boat anchor (891#).
Never have there been more beautiful and
glorious pumpkins to grace the shores of Half Moon Bay than the pumpkin
goddesses. Majestic in defeat they carried their shoulders high and
orange as I trucked them away from the bloodied fields of battle.