Beverley Garden Centre and Oldroyd’s Corner have come together and set up a competition where shoppers are tasked with guessing the weight of a giant Pumpkin.
For Paul Oldroyd from Oldroyd’s Corner who grew the Pumpkin, it was the first time he had grown a giant Pumpkin and was very happy with the results.
Speaking to HU17.net Paul said;
“It is the first one I have grown and it is blooming marvellous. The hot weather we had over summer has really helped things grow bigger than normal.”
“Setting up the competition seemed like a good idea so we can let people know about Oldroyd’s Corner while raising money for a worthwhile charity that helps the community.”
“For a small donation of £1 people can guess the weight. Beverley Garden Centre have put up the a fantastic prize for whoever wins which is tea for two in their cafe.”
The world record for giant pumpkins is currently held by a German grower Mathia Willemijn. A behemoth pumpkin Mathia grew weighed a staggering 1190.5 Kgs, the same weight as MINI Cooper!
Paul cannot say just yet how heavy the Pumpkin is but did warn people not to try and lift it saying they would do themselves an injury.
The competition at Beverley Garden Centre will run until 29 September, at which the future of pumpkin will be decided;
“We have not decided what to do with it yet. We are thinking about carving it and making an event of it. One thing is for sure it will not be wasted.”
“Worst case is I will have to take it home and make a lot of Pumpkin Soup with it!”