GOOD GOURD: Rianna Foley sits atop the biggest pumpkin at the Pullens Giant Pumpkin competition
GOOD GOURD: Rianna Foley sits atop the biggest pumpkin at the Pullens Giant Pumpkin competition

Rival pumpkins not a patch on 125kg winner

By EMMA CORNFORD

SOME were big, some were good looking and most were very, very orange.

Such was the form at the Pullens Giant Pumpkin competition at the Mary Street store in Grafton.

The final weigh-in presented tough competition, with 15 finalists producing their Atlantic pumpkins for the chance to win $250 in prizemoney.

The coveted title of 'biggest pumpkin' went to a 125kg whopper grown by South Grafton's Noel Allen.

But the day was not just about oversized gourds.

Pullens manager Jim Fletcher said the event was held to raise money for Camp Quality.

"Everyone wanted to support kids with a few problems in their lives and give them a bit of joy...so we chose to raise money for them," he said.

More than $1000 was raised for the charity through the sale of pumpkin growing kits with basic instructions about how to grow a prizewinner.

And although the pumpkins were big, Mr Fletcher said they were not as large as they could have been because the past year's growing season had not lent itself to producing large pumpkins.

"Growing a big pumpkin is not something that happens by accident," he said.

"There's a variety of things you have to do and things like humidity and rain are important. It's really like looking after a little baby."

Other winners on the day included Kira and Connor Tarrant with the best looking pumpkin and Ben Mianowany with the weirdest pumpkin.

The Cook family of Tucabia also took out two prizes, with fiveyear-old Jaizen Cook winning best pumpkin by the youngest grower with a 55kg Atlantic Pumpkin, and his sister Merinda winning the mystery weight prize for a 43kg Atlantic pumpkin.

Mr Fletcher said a number of local businesses had donated prizes, cash and vouchers for the event.



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