Chalk one up another win for Minnesota -- the largest pumpkin of 2020 was grown right here!

On Monday, Travis Gienger of Anoka was crowned the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off's new champion with an absolute whopper. Cited as "a rhinoceros-sized mega gourd" named "Tiger King," Gienger's pumpkin rocked the scale at 2,350 pounds to be recognized as the heaviest gourd weighed in North America this year!

To get his pumpkin from Anoka to Half Moon Bay, CA Gienger shared in a video that he had to drive it about a 35-hours "white knuckling every bump" for fear of collapsing or cracking his giant gourd along the way. He's been growing pumpkins for "quite a long time," he says, though only recently began putting effort into growing some "pretty big ones."

98.1 Minnesota's New Country logo
Enter your number to get our free mobile app

As winner of the contest, Gienger takes home a hefty prize of $16,450. This year's event was live streamed online and available to re-watch at the Youtube videos below.

Here are the Top 10 results of the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off:

1stTravis GiengerAnoka, MN2,350 lbs$16,450
2ndSteve DaletasPleasant Hill, OR2,174 lbs$3,000
3rdJose CejaNapa, CA1,957 lbs$2,500
4thLeonardo UrenaNapa, CA1,940 lbs$2,000
5thJennifer CardenasNapa, CA1,902 lbs$1,000
6thDean BusquaertNapa, CA1,787 lbs$1,000
7thJohn HawkleyNapa, CA1,693 lbs$1,000
8thJose CardenasNapa, CA1,608 lbs$1,000
9thRuss PughSanta Rosa, CA1,501 lbs$1,000
10thCindy TobeckOlympia, WA1,382 lbs$1,000

Way to go, Travis Gienger! Way to make Minnesota proud!

St. Cloud Restaurants That Should Be on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives


More From 98.1 Minnesota's New Country