It's time to visit the pumpkin patch and pick out a few classic jack-o-lanterns that make us feel like we've really hit the Halloween season.
This year's contest of gargantuan gourds will be the 36th annual. The weighing will take place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. with forklifts and special harnesses lifting the pumpkins onto a 5-ton capacity industrial-strength digital scale, spokesman Tim Beeman said.
The grand champion pumpkin, along with the top five weigh-off pumpkins, will be displayed at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival from Oct. 17 to 18 on Main Street.
Farmers from as far away as Iowa lug their massive produce to the annual contest on the Peninsula. Last year's champion, Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Ore., won with a 1,528-pound Atlantic Giant pumpkin.
In addition to the heaviest pumpkin, a special $500 prize will be awarded to the most beautiful pumpkin.
Bay City News contributed to this report.