Pump­kins ga­lore

South Waikato News - - FARMING -

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

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