By Hayley Manning
GIANT SMASHING pumpkins of all shapes and sizes were weighed and displayed at the British Hotel Giant Pumpkin Competition in April.
Novice vegetable grower Andrew Gleeson took out first prize with his 57.5 kg pumpkin. ‘I’ve only grown vegetables a few times before,’ he said, ‘so there must be something in the Osmaston soil!’ Andrew was reluctant to share any growing hints besides ‘peeing on the plant at midnight.’
Second place holder with her 38.3kg pumpkin, aptly named B1, Bernie Knipping of Elizabeth Town, said the competition started with a few friends discussing their vegetable-growing prowess and it just grew from there.
Growers and patrons carefully guarded the ever increasing pumpkin patch throughout the afternoon, and a new arrival would have everyone estimating its weight.
Meander resident, Trudi Buttery, came third with her 36kg pumpkin, but it was a close contest with Mole Creek Primary School’s 30.6kg entry.
The competition started in September 2018, when seeds were sold for $20 each. The funds were then pooled for the first prize of $750, second $450 and third of $350, organiser Tom Green said.
‘We really had no idea how many people would support something like this, so the response has been overwhelming with so many taking part. It is such a community- building event we will do it again next year but with a few changes including two seeds for $20, which can be planted anytime after purchase in September,’ he said.
Tom would like to thank the British Hotel Fishing Club for putting on the barbecue, Roberts for lending the scales and everyone who participated.