Olympia schoolteacher wins ‘Super Bowl’ of pumpkin growing

“With the right seed, you can grow the right pumpkin,” says Cindy Tobeck, who won a highly celebrated pumpkin-growing competition in California with her 1,910-pound gourd.

Jessica Lee

With a nearly 1-ton gourd, an Olympia woman won the “Super Bowl” of pumpkin- growing competitions Monday in California.

Cindy Tobeck, an elementary-school teacher, beat roughly 30 competitors at Half Moon Bay’s annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with a massive 1,910-pound pumpkin. She said she’s been a serious pumpkin grower for the past seven years.

“Half Moon Bay is every pumpkin grower’s dream to win,” she said while driving home Monday night. The massive pumpkin, meanwhile, was positioned in the back of her truck, she said. It “barely fit.”

Tobeck described her pumpkin-growing protocol, which…

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