The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka’) Giant Pumpkin Competition is an iconic Ekka event, with the 2019 competition set to pack on the pounds for both the pumpkins and the prize pool.
It will be a grand for the grand champion, with Champion Heaviest Pumpkin of Show prize to tip the scales at $1,000. The prize money for the School and Youth Classes are also set to increase, with a total prize pool of $400 up for grabs (a bonus of $200 extra for schools if their pumpkins can pack on more than 50kg.)
Horticulture dates back to the first show held in 1876 and pumpkins have always played an important role in competitions and displays during the show.
The largest ever pumpkin entered in Ekka’s Giant Pumpkin Competition weighed in at a whopping 261.5kg - more than a quarter of a tonne! The gigantic gourd was grown by Minden’s resident green thumb Geoff Frohloff in 2015, squashing the previous record by a massive 57.5kg.
For the past five years, the Ekka’s iconic Giant Pumpkin Competition has been held outside of August to allow growers to take advantage of the premium growing season, leading to larger than life giant orange vegetables.
The gigantic winners will be on display in the Agricultural Hall during the show from 9 -18 August 2019.
Giant Atlantic pumpkins are best planted in the months of December and January as they take around four and a half months to mature.
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