Giant Pumpkin Competition

Giant Pumpkin Competition

Giant Pumpkin Competition supported by Pillow Talk

Competition Overview 

The iconic Giant Pumpkin Competition supported by Pillow Talk offers more than $2,600 in prize money. This competition tests the growing skills of farmers, students and gardeners to see who can harvest the heaviest giant pumpkin.

The competition record is currently held by giant pumpkin veteran Geoff Frohloff, with his 2015 entry crushing the competition, weighing in at 261.5kg. Judging will take place in the Royal International Convention Centre at the Brisbane Showgrounds on Saturday 24 April 2021, with the competition held outside of the August Ekka dates to take advantage of the premium pumpkin growing season. It’s best to plant the seeds in early December 2020 to give the pumpkins time to pack on the pounds, as the fruit takes around four and a half months to mature.

Competition Classes & Prizing

Class 1 Heaviest Pumpkin - Open
Open to exhibitors 19 years and over as at the close of entry date. Minimum weight of entries in this class must be over 70kg. Any entry under 70kg is not eligible to compete.*

  • First Prize: $250
  • Second Prize: $200
  • Third Prize: $150

Class 2 Heaviest Pumpkin - Schools
Open to students 18 years and under as at the close of entry date where the pumpkin is harvested in the school garden. Prize monies will be awarded to the school. Minimum weight of entries in this class must be over 20kg. Any entry under 20kg is ineligible to compete.*

  • First Place: $450
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200

Class 3 Heaviest Pumpkin - Youth
Open to individual students 18 years and under as at the close of entry date where pumpkin has not been harvested in a school garden environment. Minimum weight of entries in this class must be over 20kg.

  • First Place: $150
  • Second Place: $100
  • Third Place: $50

Australian Curriculum Alignment

Year 1

  • Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)

Year 9 & 10

  • Develop project plans using digital technologies to plan and manage projects individually and collaboratively taking into consideration time, cost, risk and production processes (ACTDEP052)

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Please note:

  • This competition is held outside the August Ekka dates to take advantage of the premium pumpkin growing season

  • This competition is aligned and recommended for year 1, 9 & 10 students. However, everyone from farmers, students and gardeners are welcome to enter

  • For full competition terms and conditions please refer to the Competition Schedule below

Important Dates
21 April 2021
Entries close
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24 April 2021 08:30 - 09:30
Delivery of exhibits
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24 April 2021
Judging
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24 April 2021
Awards presentation
Contact Competition Coordinator
Name: Tanielle Clark
Email: tclark@royalqueenslandshow.com.au
RNA Reception: 07 3253 3900