The pick of the pumpkin crop

FOR 47 years George Bender has been cultivating the land that surrounds his Seelands property.

And for as long as he can remember he has been entering things in the Grafton Agricultural Show.

“I think it is really important to keep these things going,” George said.

“Not too many young ones are taking up the hobby and it would be sad to see it die.”

For the past few years, George has been showing pumpkins almost religiously but purely for enjoyment, saying it is not how he makes his fortune.

He also enjoys eating what he grows. George says his wife makes the best pumpkin soup and pumpkin scones around.

Being a true man of the community, George takes great pride in giving his produce to the less fortunate.

“Any pumpkins that get a bit of a mark on them but are still good to eat, I give to the Salvation Army and they distribute them,” he said.

When it comes to growing the pumpkins, George relies on natural pollination from bees he keeps out in his paddock.

“I got mostly female pumpkins this year so I don’t know what the bees were up to,” he said.

If you would like to enter anything in the show, to enquire about sections or nominate for Grafton Showgirl competition, call the Grafton Agricultural Show Society on 6642 2240

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