Chris Pike of Kyogle gets some pumpkin-carving practise in for the Kyogle Bazaar pumpkin competition on March 24.
Chris Pike of Kyogle gets some pumpkin-carving practise in for the Kyogle Bazaar pumpkin competition on March 24. Marc Stapelberg

Size matters in this competition

KYOGLE residents are becoming passionate about pumpkins in the lead-up to the town's pumpkin-growing competition.

The Kyogle Bazaar is holding the competition on Saturday, March 24, with judging starting at 1pm.

Bazaar manager Chris Pike said gardeners in Kyogle have been preparing for the competition for months.

"I raised about 150 seedlings in November and people brought them for a very small price and have been growing them ever since," Mr Pike said.

The seeds are all of the Atlantic Giant variety, which is a pumpkin bred purely for the size of its fruit.

"This one is renowned for its size. It's not an eating pumpkin it's just a big fella," smiled Mr Pike.

But the competition is not just about size, with plenty of other awards available.

"There's the pumpkin-carving category, categories for young people as well as the funniest looking pumpkin and the cutest pumpkin," Mr Pike explained.

Car lovers will be pleased to know there is also a category for the best-looking pumpkin and ute, with the pumpkin placed in the back of the ute for judging.

The winning entries will receive glory, fame and a small rosette.

Mr Pike said some of the pumpkins could weigh over 100kg.

"It does present some logistical problems in moving them, but hopefully we'll get some cattle scales to weigh them and we'll use tarps to lift them," Mr Pike said.

The Kyogle Poultry Club will host a poultry show from 9am and a workshop on backyard chooks from 11am.

Twisted Tucker will host demonstrations on delicious bush foods, with a lunch at 1.30pm

Some of the carved pumpkins will then be within a hall at the Kyogle showgrounds.

Mr Pike said they will create perfect lighting for a bush dance that will be held from 6pm.

"It should be lovely to see the dance hall lit up," Mr Pike said.

All money raised will go towards maintenance of the Kyogle showgrounds.



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