Rain failed to deter more than 100,000 locals and out-of-towners from showing up at the 45th Annual Art and Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay this past weekend.
Historic Main Street was lined with art, pumpkin doughnut vendors and, of course, the occasional kid in a "Ghostbusters" costume. A highlight was the Great Pumpkin Parade, with the local high school’s homecoming court leading the way.
The event, which raises thousands of dollars each year for community organizations and scholarships, now attracts thousands of outsiders and features live music, face painting, shopping and DIY art.
But it remains, after all, a pumpkin festival. Spectators lined up along main street for the Great Pumpkin Parade, some with pumpkin pie in hand.
One of the parade’s highlights was the 1,969-pound winner of the 42nd Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, the 12th heaviest in the world.
Steve Daletas, 55, won $11,814 ($6 per pound) for his pumpkin. The airline pilot from Pleasant Hill, Oregon, won the weigh-off twice before, once in 2001 and again in 2003.