Why are giant vegetables so fascinating? Come to the festival and find out

ABOVE: Two years ago this giant of a pumpkin was the winner. Photo: Susanna Freymark

There is no better way to start the year than putting Kyogle’s finest festival into your diary.

The Summerland Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival is on Saturday, January 21 and this year is looking like being the best yet.

The highlight of the festival is the weighing of the giant pumpkins.

If you haven’t seen a massive pumpkin being put into a hoist and weighed, you’re in for a treat.

The weighing is done at 9am.

Two years ago the winning pumpkin weighed 867kg. Will that weight be beaten this year?

The watermelons in the competition will be weighed too. During the day there is a watermelon eating competition – sign me up. 

There is a lot more than big vegetables at the festival.

Book a ticket for the heritage train rides. Most rides are sold out in advance but check the train booking site here.

There will the classic car and motorbike display,  craft market stalls and the usual Saturday morning farmers market.

Another event not to be missed is the gumboot throwing competition. We’re not sure what you win but it sounds like a lot of fun.

The Garden Guru Phil Dudman will be at the festival.

The prizes for the Still Life Painting Competition  and for the Cooking Contest will be announced too.

All that activity is likely to make you hungry. Taste of Kyogle features cafes and pubs who will have a signature festival dish or drink for sale.

Head to the Summerland Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival on Saturday, January 21 starting at 8am in Stratheden St. 

More details at the Summerland Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival Facebook page.

Here are photos from last year’s festival.

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