119kg whopper pick of the pumpkin patch

Michael Kimberley

A GIANT pumpkin weighing 119kg squashed all the competition at a Patensie farmers’ bazaar on Saturday.

The colossal vegetable took first prize in the heaviest pumpkin competition at the inaugural Gamtoos Farmers’ Bazaar.

The champion pumpkin was grown by chance and was auctioned off on Saturday night for its seeds. It took four men to unload it – and many more will be needed to eat it.

An average pumpkin generally weighs 4kg to 8kg.

Competitive giant pumpkin- growing is getting bigger around the world, with more and more competitions cropping up.

Patensie farm manager Etienne Smit, who grew the pumpkin, said he was thrilled with the win. “I never expected to win so it is even better. I am really happy,” he said.

The pumpkin was bought by Patensie farmer Kerneels Rens.

Nothing special was used to grow the pumpkin other than plenty of water.

This was the first time Smit entered a heaviest pumpkin competition. “But I will be back next year to defend my title,” he said.

He won a weekend away to Knysna for his efforts. “It was worth it. The bazaar was great, with lots to do.”

Traditional food stalls, vintage cars, a crafts market and lots of family fun were enjoyed by all.

Despite Halloween being months away, there was also a pumpkin-carving competition, which was won by local Pieter Colesky. Creative, disturbing and some pretty funny pumpkins were entered in the competition.

Organiser Jos van der Merwe said the bazaar was a roaring success.

“There was a lot of stuff to do for everyone. It was a fantastic day,” he said.

Van der Merwe said about R42000 worth of meat and R25000 of fruit and vegetables were sold.

“The bazaar is a great help to farmers in the area.”

He said next year the bazaar would be bigger and better, with more competitions.

  • Although pumpkin is, strictly speaking, a fruit, modern society commonly refers to all these fruits as vegetables – pumpkin, squash, tomato, cucumber, green beans, capsicum peppers and bell peppers.

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