GROWING: Kyogle wants the giant pumpkin record back in local hands

ABOVE: Dale Oliver’s winning pumpkin at last year’s festival. Photos: Susanna Freymark

There is more at stake than the biggest pumpkin at the Summerland Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival in Kyogle this month.

After Knockrow farmer Dale Oliver’s Atlantic giant pumpkin weighed in at 867kg last year, Kyogle held the record for the heaviest pumpkin grown in the Southern Hemisphere.

But only for three months before that record was beaten.

Dale Oliver with his winning pumpkin.

Can a local grower claim that record back?

On January 15, growers will bring their giant pumpkins to town where they will be weighed.

The festival activities start on Monday, January 10 with the Guess the Weight pumpkin at Harley and Co.

Anyone can have a guess and you could win $300 if your guess is the closest to the actual weight of the big pumpkin.

In the lead up to the weighing day, eateries in town are offering pumpkin and watermelon dishes.

Head to the Commercial Hotel, Espresso Edge, Peter’s Food Hall and Rubys to have a taste of something delicious including pumpkin scones, salads and quiches.

On the Festival Day on Saturday, January 15, participants will bring their home cooking, vegetable sculpting and giant pumpkins to Stratheden St.

There will be live music from the Kyogle Country Music Association, classic hot rod cars on display and Mr Whippy ice creams to enjoy.

There will be plenty to do while the giant pumpkins are being weighed including shopping at the weekly farmers market and craft stalls.

The giant pumpkin winner will be announced at 11.30am.

This year the festival has the added pleasure of heritage train rides. During the Saturday and Sunday there will be several rail trips to Glenapp and Namoona. Check out the times and booking details below.

BOOK: Buy a ticket for the heritage train coming to Kyogle’s pumpkin festival
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