Giant Pumpkin Competition

Giant Pumpkin Competition supported by Pillow Talk

Good 'gourd'!

The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka’) Giant Pumpkin Competition supported by Pillow Talk is an iconic Ekka event, with the 2019 competition taken out by Minden’s Tony Frohloff and his 254.5kg pumpkin.

Tony’s more than a quarter of a tonne gourd saw him reclaim the Champion Heaviest Pumpkin of Show title he last won in 2017, taking home $1,000 in prize money. He also took out second place with his 210kg entry.

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.

Australian Curriculum Alignment

This competition is aligned and recommended for year 1 students, however all year levels are welcome to enter.

Year 1



Biological sciences

Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)

Nature and development of science

Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE021)


The weather and seasons of places and the ways in which different cultural groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, describe them (ACHASSK032)

  • Elaboration - describing the daily and seasonal weather of their place by its rainfall, temperature, sunshine and wind, and comparing it with the weather of other places that they know or are aware of.
Contact Competition Coordinator
Name: Stephanie Dell
Phone: 3253 3936
RNA Reception: 3253 3900