As the hot sun blared down, excited spectators young and old watched the carnage and destruction of pumpkins.
The Waotu- Puketurua playcentre put on its third annual pumpkin growing competition on Thursday.
Judging and prize giving took place at Te Waotu Memorial Park.
Following the day’s events, the pumpkin growers had the opportunity to roll their entries down the hill – some of which did not make it to the end.
Te Waotu student Emma Knight placed first for the heaviest pumpkin for the second year in a row.
The secret to growing the 135.5 kilogram vegetable was a lot of water and planting it in pig manure, she said.
Knight was pleased with her win. ‘‘It felt crazy and fun.’’ Bernadette Winter, a mum at the centre, said it was about the enjoyment for the children.
‘‘It’s a bit of fun getting kids out into the garden,’’she said.
This year there was a sunflower category too.
DOUBLE WHAMMY: Jackson Bayes with his two pumpkins, 69 and 58.6 kilograms.
SECOND WIN: Emma Knight took away the win for the second year in a row with her 135.5 kilogram pumpkin.
LITTLE ROLLERS: The rolling started with the smaller pumpkins where Will McConnell,left, and Benjamin Coop had their turn. Photo: CAITLIN WALLACE