Ethan, 4, thinks really, really big

HERE’S ONE TO BEAT: Ethan Ryan with the pumpkin he will enter in the Summerland Giant Pumpkin Competition in Kyogle.
HERE’S ONE TO BEAT: Ethan Ryan with the pumpkin he will enter in the Summerland Giant Pumpkin Competition in Kyogle.

ETHAN Ryan is only four years old but he knows how to think big.

The Kyogle lad has grown a giant pumpkin from seed which he plans to enter into the junior section of the Summerland Giant Pumpkin Competition in Kyogle at the end of the month.

His mum Louisa said Ethan had grown up around big vegetables, so it was no surprise he'd developed an insatiable curiosity for the art.

"Every morning he's down there to watch it grow," she said.

The special variety, called "cow pumpkins", grow on average 4kg a day.

Ethan had a bigger one which unfortunately didn't make it to harvest.

"It must have been growing too fast and it couldn't handle it, so it split," Mrs Ryan said.

Ethan is now hoping his surviving specimen will be pushing 100kg when it finally gets weighed on the showground scales.

It was taken off the vine yesterday and took three men to lift into the back of a ute.

Extra special care will be taken to ensure the giant vegie survives until the event in 10 days.

The giant pumpkins and watermelons will be on display on Saturday morning, January 31, for people to get a closer look.

Weighing starts at 8am, and prizes for the heaviest pumpkins and watermelons will be awarded at 11.30am.

"There is the possibility of some really heavy pumpkins coming to the competition this year, and our competition record weight of 365kg being exceeded," organiser Helen Goebel said.



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