Wet squashes plans for big pumpkin
By MARY MANN firstname.lastname@example.org “I LOST four gooduns,” giant pumpkin grower Tidge Knight said yesterday.
“There’s just been too much rain, and if they don’t get no sun, it just doesn’t work. “They’re all rotten.”
Wet and humid conditions have turned potential prize-winning pumpkins on the North Coast into piles of rotten mush.
It means Alstonville Plaza’s iconic Giant Pumpkin Competition has had to be cancelled – as far as The Northern Star could find yesterday, there was only one grower in the region left with one giant pumpkin intact.
Brunswick Heads man John Mills, who was planning on entering the competition for the first time this year, said he had a pumpkin that would weigh in somewhere between 180kg and 200kg.
“It’s been such a bad season,” John said. “I’ll have to wait and do it all again next year.”
Tidge, who has won the competition for the past six years running, said his record pumpkin weight was 230kg.
“It takes about five months to grow an Atlantic giant pumpkin like that,” the Bangalow man said.
“They end up so big it takes six people to haul it onto a lift and carry it into the plaza.
“I can grow ’em, all right, but this year the conditions were just too bad.”
Alstonville Plaza Centre manager and giant pumpkin grower Dick Campbell said the competition was cancelled because there were not enough entries.
He hoped there would not be any pumpkin problems next year, he said.