Jake van Kooten, of Port Alberni B.C., Canada, posing after winning the top prize in the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin and Harvest Festival Saturday Oct. 4, 2008. The pumpkin weighed 1,536.5 pounds and set a new California record.
Van Kooten's 1,536.5-pound gourd collected him $9,219 -- $6 a pound.
A spokesman for the festival, Steve Capps, said Van Kooten's entry set a new California record by one pound. The old record of 1,535.5 pounds was set last year.