Weird News Giant pumpkins on show as locals compete at the Cadell Harvest Festival

15:20  16 april  2017
15:20  16 april  2017 Source:   ABC News

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Locals in South Australia's Riverland spend the weekend assessing giant pumpkins at the Cadell Harvest Festival , with the winning entry weighing 101 kilograms.

The Cadell Harvest Festival is one of the traditional country fairs of yesteryear with competitions for everyone with local preserve and home made brew, orange and carp throwing, cock roach racing, tug-of-war, a massive Easter Egg Hunt and the major event, ‘the Murray River Giant Pumpkin

David Forbes won this year with a 101.4-kilogram pumpkin. © ABC News David Forbes won this year with a 101.4-kilogram pumpkin. Some families may have spent Easter hunting for hidden chocolate eggs, but locals in South Australia's Riverland were on a search of a different kind — the hunt for the country's largest pumpkin.

Murray River Giant Pumpkin organiser Kevin Myers has been bringing new pumpkins into his family each year for nearly a decade.

"You seem to spend a lot of time with them," he said.

"They need a lot of water, a lot of fertiliser. They do like the sun in the morning but not in the afternoon so you need to put an umbrella over them in the afternoon and nurture them."

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Australasian Giant Pumpkin & Vegetable Competition . at the Pakenham Agricultural Show . P.B. Ronald Reserve ( Pakenham Recreation Reserve ) March 30th 2013 Murray River Giant Pumpkin Competition - Cadell Harvest Festival .

· 9 октября 2016 г. · D.j. Steffler поделился фото Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg в группе «Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers». Only one day to go tp the Cadell Harvest Festival !

The seed of pumpkin growing was planted in Kevin Myers' head when a friend gave him some seeds as a present.

One year later, he founded the giant pumpkin competition as a new event for the annual Cadell Harvest Festival.

The competition is in its seventh year and includes prizes for ugliest pumpkin, best dressed pumpkin and the most prestigious award, heaviest pumpkin.

This year's winner weighed in at 101.4 kilograms.

Cooltong grower David Forbes said his winning pumpkin this year did not measure up to his last winner in 2013, which came in at a heavy 273kg.

Mr Meyers relates growing prize-winning pumpkins to bringing up a child.

"Germination is another big thing. I like to bring them up in little pots like babies before I put them out to grow," he said.

The festival has grown to incorporate food and market stalls, carp throwing competitions and a local celebrity pizza cook-off and is Australia's only giant pumpkin competition registered with the international body the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth.

Mid Murray Council Mayor Dave Burgess said it was brilliant for the community and a great fundraiser for the area.

"It's been a fantastic day to see so many people from the community out, some of the shack owners and tourists coming through enjoying such a fun day," he said.

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