Hector Pailthorpe with the winning pumpkin at the Monto Show's Annual Pumpkin Competition. Picture: Contributed
Hector Pailthorpe with the winning pumpkin at the Monto Show's Annual Pumpkin Competition. Picture: Contributed

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ENORMOUS pumpkins were on display in Monto for the second instalment of the event.

The Giant Pumpkin Competition, held by the Monto Show Society, took place last weekend without spectators due to coronavirus restrictions, and attracted 16 whopper entries.

Michele and Clair Goody with their top 10 entries at the Monto Show's Giant Pumpkin Competition. Picture: Contributed
Michele and Clair Goody with their top 10 entries at the Monto Show's Giant Pumpkin Competition. Picture: Contributed

Pumpkin steward Toby Worley said this year’s competition was quite fierce, despite the tough growing conditions.

“The wet summer and dry finish partnered with the cold from the last couple weeks meant we didn’t quite get the size we were hoping for,” Mr Worley said.

“That being said, the size was definitely up from last year.”

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Hector Pailthorpe’s pumpkin dwarfed the rest of the competition, taking the crown for largest pumpkin at a whopping 53.5kg.

Hector Pailthorpe with the winning pumpkin at the Monto Show's Giant Pumpkin Competition. Picture: Contributed
Hector Pailthorpe with the winning pumpkin at the Monto Show's Giant Pumpkin Competition. Picture: Contributed

George May’s pumpkins came second and third, weighing a respectable 48.5kg each.

Mr Worley said competitors were down from last year, due to the coronavirus, and adverse weather conditions.

“It was great to see so many pumpkins turn out, with the show being well supported,” he said.

“A lot of people put a lot of time and effort, and tended daily to their pumpkins.

“It would’ve been a shame for their effort to go to waste if this was cancelled.”

George May entered five giant pumpkins to the competition. Picture: Contributed
George May entered five giant pumpkins to the competition. Picture: Contributed

This is the second year the competition has been run, made possible by Monto’s Mitre 10 which sponsored the prizes.

“It was really good of Mitre 10 to sponsor the competition, giving away vouchers for first, second and third,” Mr Worley said.

“Next year we’ll be looking to make it bigger, and we’ll be putting some novelty classes in there to spark more interest for the show.”