Mr. Urena planted his seed and distributed it to select growers. They spawned huge pumpkins, turning the 991 Urena into a “hot seed” in pumpkin-growers lingo that produces pumpkins that “weigh heavy,” or are denser and heavier than they look. In October 2009, Mr. Urena’s 991 offspring was favored to win at Half Moon Bay.
But the night before the weigh-off, a red Ford pickup pulled into town with an Iowa license plate that read “BIGPMKN.” Swaddled under moist blankets in the truck bed was a big pumpkin. Its grower, a tree surgeon named Don Young, had driven 48 hours from Des Moines.
Click here to read more of Robert Guth’s article in the Wall Street Journal.